Get to Know Dr Maurice Chan

Q: What inspired you to support Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network through art sales, and how do you think art can help raise awareness for palliative care?

A: The global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic led to the loss of countless loved ones, prompting a deep reflection on the uncertainties and tragedies of life. This heightened awareness fueled my desire to contribute meaningfully, leading me to support the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) through my art sales. I see my art as a form of emotional solace, akin to sentimental songs, offering a tool for consolation. Through visual expressions of life’s struggles and pain, viewers can empathize and confront these emotions, seeking reconciliation and solace. APHN’s altruistic vision resonates with my art, as it becomes a visual representation of their ideas.

Q: Can you explain the significance and inspiration behind the various artistic mediums (e.g. ink on rice paper, oil, calligraphy etc.) you use, and how they come together to shape the narrative of your artworks?

A: The artistic mediums I choose, such as ink on rice paper and oil, serve distinct purposes in shaping the narrative of my artworks. Ink captures the force and spontaneity of each brush stroke, allowing for quick expression of fleeting feelings, making it ideal for dramatic and expressionistic works. On the other hand, oil provides the opportunity to build complex textures and layers, with strong colors for a visually impactful experience. The combination of these mediums enables a profound exploration of both philosophical and technical aspects of painting.

Q: What emotions or messages do you aim to evoke through your art, and are there specific themes you focus on?

A: My artistic intent is to infuse melancholic elements into my work and embed satire to critique societal fallacies that demand attention. I aim to evoke reflection on issues such as the lack of egalitarianism and a neglect of contemplation of our existence. Through my art, I strive to create a space for viewers to engage with and question the complexities of our society, fostering a deeper understanding of our shared human experience.

Q: As the Vice-President of the Life Art Society, how do you unwind after a day filled with artistic and organizational responsibilities? What hobbies or activities recharge your creative energies?

A: After a day immersed in artistic and organizational responsibilities, I find solace and rejuvenation through the act of creating art itself. This process serves as the most effective way to recharge my mental energies depleted by real-world concerns. Creating art is a meditative practice, allowing me to connect with and visualize my spiritual self. It teaches me acceptance, especially through failed attempts, and promotes inner peace by emphasizing spiritual fulfillment over material gains.

Q: If you could choose a fictional character to appreciate your art, who would it be, and how do you think they would interpret and connect with your creations?

A: If I could choose a fictional character to appreciate my art, it would undoubtedly be Dr. John Watson from the Sherlock Holmes stories. Watson, with his background in medicine and his empathetic nature, would interpret my creations as a visual exploration of the human experience. His keen interest in understanding people would lead him to connect deeply with the emotional nuances and societal reflections embedded in my artwork. I imagine Watson appreciating the intricacies of each piece as a form of visual storytelling, resonating with the depth and thought-provoking aspects of the themes portrayed.

Dr. Maurice Chan is passionately spearheading a fundraising initiative to support the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) by selling his diverse collection of artworks.

By purchasing one of Maurice’s artworks, patrons not only acquire a unique piece of artistic brilliance but also directly contribute to the APHN’s mission, making a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals facing life-limiting illnesses.

You can donate to Dr Maurice Chan’s campaign by clicking here.

Published on: 5 February, 2024 | Last modified: 5 February, 2024