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We're doing this our own way

39 x 72 inches

oil on canvas

Selected Works
Works
Projects
Rat Study

THE LUCKY ONES
PROJECT

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ONCE FOR A WHILE
PROJECT

About
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Chrystal Phan’s work brings viewers into her experiences growing up in Canada in a family of Vietnamese refugees. Her paintings often show scenes of ‘everyday’ family activities that represent how Canadian cultural traditions are experienced by first and second-generation Vietnamese Canadian families who are constantly adjusting how they perform their multiple identities as their sense of connection to their new homeland recalibrates over time.

Beyond the surface, each composition is embedded with multiple layers of meaning, using ordinary objects such as backpacks and watermelons to act as a conduit into the world of mixed cultural values and traditions.

The drive behind her work is to represent Asian faces in the mainstream fine art world in ways that are not exotic, magical, or otherwise orientalized and draw attention to how Canadian identity is formed and guarded that can keep racialized Canadians from ever feeling entirely and truly ‘Canadian.’

I acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

 

and  The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

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Exhibitions, Publications, Awards

2023

Finalist, The Kingston Prize

On The Edge, Federation of Canadian Artists, Juried Group Exhibition

Sooke Fine Art Show, Juried Group Exhibition

2022

Solo Exhibition of Selected Works, Victoria Arts Council @ McPherson PlayHouse (Oct-Dec)

Finalist, Boynes Emerging Artist Award, 6th Edition

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

Solo Exhibition "Once For A While"

Chapel Gallery, Victoria BC

2021

Royal British Columbia Museum

RBCM@Outside Virtual Fieldtrip Interview December 2021

ArtAscent Art & Literary Journal 47 February 2021

10th Annual All Women Online Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time  Online Art Gallery - Special Recognition for Excellence in Art for 'china town' 12"x24" oil on canvas

2020

Sooke Fine Art Show

2019

AIRE The Annual International Representational Exhibition, Vancouver

Sidney Fine Art Show

Sooke Fine Art Show

 

July 29, 2023, Lac Viet Radio Interview Live - Vancouver

 

July 23, 2023, CBC Arts News Letter

July 3, 2022, VI Can Shine Podcast, Season 2, Episode 24

January 23, 2022, CBC News,

Victoria painter depicts immigrant life for Vietnamese Canadian families in solo exhibit by Winston Szeto

January 23, 2022 Victoria News, Victoria artist’s new exhibit explores Canadian identity through immigrant family’s eyes by Jane Skrypnek

January 17, 2022 CBC Radio All Points West live interview

Faith Tides, Art exhibition explores Vietnamese life in Canada

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Contact Me

phanchrystal@gmail.com

Victoria BC Canada

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