Local artist Nathan Chan brings art showcase to Airdrie City Hall
Friday, May 29, 2015 01:58 pm
Airdrie City Hall is about to get a little bit brighter as it brings a collection of northern light art pieces to be displayed over the course of the summer.
Beginning on May 22, local artist Nathan Kai-Cheung Chan will display seven pieces of his Highlighting the Lights art collection in City Hall’s boardroom and meeting rooms.
“This was an opportunity for me to highlight some of my paintings,” Chan said. “(These paintings) come from the original signature series. This is (the type of art) I am known for.”
This collection is part of Chan’s series titled the Performing Arts and Northern Lights. This series was a way for Chan to incorporate northern lights with another passion of Chan’s, music.
“I’m doing a bit more than just landscapes,” Chan said. “Now it’s trying to integrate how different genres of music can be captured onto a canvas through interpretation of an Aurora Borealis. It’s a step further from my original signature series, but now integrating this great way to showcase sound from something that’s not sound producing.
“There are not many people that paint northern lights to begin with.”
Included in the City Hall display is a piece called Sound of Music and Centennial Piece, which was Chan’s 100th painting in 2014.
“(This art) represents me because I am also a musician and a speech arts and drama instructor,” Chan said. “My background in communication, drama, music and art are now combined.”
Chan, who lived in Norway for five years, credits his love of painting the northern lights to the time he spent there.
“All of a sudden I just thought, ‘why not paint northern lights?’” Chan said. “(This type of art) captures me as a traveller.”
“I got to see the northern lights in Norway, Yellowknife, northern Alberta, Iceland, and I’ll be going to Churchill in September.”
Chan still gets the same thrill seeing the northern lights as he did when he first saw them. He said painting them helps him appreciate the beauty more.
“I will never get bored of seeing the lights because of the colours and movements, every second is different,” Chan said. “To capture that fluidity and movement onto canvas, makes you feel that when you look at that painting it’s still somewhat moving.”
To view more of Chan’s work, visit northernlightspaintings.com
To view the collection at City Hall, residents must setup a time by contacting Linda Abanil at 403-948-8878, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org