Ivan Chow, Featured Artist

 

Artist Statement

 

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Artist Locale: Savannah, GA, USA

Style of work: Sketching

Subject matter: Built Environment
Medium: Ink and Watercolor

Artist Portfolio

"My training as an architect has instilled in me a filter of precision and accuracy through which I view the built environment and with which my artistic side competes. My plein air sketches make up for their lack of accuracy with life and energy, while my studio drawings - mostly from photos - experience a gravitational pull back to architectural proclivities and its subsequent formality. I usually adopt an ink-and-watercolor approach to sketching: the fine-line inkwork allows my inner architect to do its thing, while the watercolor allows my inner artist to mess with the former. What I am exploring the interface of both these approaches to artistic expression. But it hasn’t been easy. In addition to a couple of decades of practicing as an architect, I have been in senior management in both the investment and academic worlds for over twenty years. Old habits of precision, efficacy and goal-orientation are hard to loosen and harder to redirect. Yet I am enjoying this late-stage vocational shift more than any previous career phase. Sketching seems to have funneled all my accrued abilities into a process and product that brings satisfaction to self (though not always), joy to others (though not always) and money into pocket. (definitely not always!)”

Wesley Monumental
Ye Olde Pink House
Sixty-Seven Pagoda
Plant Riverside District
Air Savannah
A Haunted Courtyard
Fallingwater Living
Comfort and Liberty
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