What is the origin of our universe ? Where do we come from? What is our place in the universe ?
Humans have been trying to answer these big questions since the dawn of civilization. With the development of modern science in the past five hundred years, a new point of view, the cosmic perspective, has emerged.
We are tiny beings in a universe which is unimaginably large and old.
Our universe is about 13.7 billion years old and at least 93 billion light years across. We are living on a tiny planet, the Earth, which were formed 4.5 billion years ago in a void of empty space. Our species, the Homo sapiens, are just one of the eight million species sharing the Earth and continue to evolve into the future. Our star, the sun, is just one of a hundred billion other stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is just one of a hundred billion other galaxies in the universe.
The huge scale of the cosmos inspired my imagination. I choose nebulae and gems as my subjects of painting. They were formed millions or even billions of years ago. To me, nebulae and gems are time capsules, the timeless expression of nature’s beauty. I like to immerse myself into the wonderful images of the nebulae taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and the mysterious internal world of gems revealed by microscopes.
About my creative process
I paint nebulae and gems using the acrylic medium. By pouring layers of paint on wooden panels, I try to simulate the formation process of nebulae and gems. I imagine nebulae and gems formed in my paintings as the paint dry, condensing million or billion years of history in the process. I also paint with airbrushes and palette knives.
Visual arts originate from the human vision. How do we actually see the world around us with our naked eyes? Is it possible to trick our vision system and create a new possibility of depth perception on a two dimensional surface? Inspired by the scientific research of vision science, I exploit the mechanism of our visual perception system to try to create a two dimensional painting surface where the perception of depth is ambiguous.
My name is Chak Chun Lam, Calvin. I am a part-time visual artist who was born in Hong Kong in the 1980s.
When I was young I have loved reading books on science and astronomy. I was attracted by the beautiful space images taken by the Hubble Space telescope. Inspired by the stories and the dedication of great scientists such as Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, I dreamed to be a scientist. Although I am unable to fulfill my dream after grown up, my wonder and awe towards science has never diminished. I also like to collect mineral specimen and immerse myself into the mysterious internal world of gems and mineral crystals.
I have a bachelor degree in System Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong King (CUHK) and a Diploma in Fine Art from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
I am now working as an independent part-time artist and have a studio in Hong Kong. For me, the act of painting is not only a creative endeavor but also a form of meditation practice.
About the Nebula and Gems
A nebula is an interstellar cloud of dust and gases located far away from us in the outer space. The Hubble Space Telescope has taken many beautiful images of nebulae, such as the Orion Nebula.
A gem is a piece of mineral crystal formed on the Earth million or billion years ago such as diamond and sapphire.
Both nebula and gems were formed millions or even billions of years ago. They are time capsules, the timeless expression of nature’s beauty.
My artworks are collected by private collector.
<For Halley> and <For Rosetta and Philae> are collected by international entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr. Lee Kai Hung
2016 Affordable Art Fair (BLINK Gallery), Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center (12/5 – 15/5)
2016 Asia Contemporary Art Show 2016 Spring Edition (BLINK Gallery), Conrad Hotel Hong Kong (24/3 – 27/3)
2015 Annual Reception Exhibition , BLINK Gallery
2015 Asia Contemporary Art Show 2015 Autumn Edition (BLINK Gallery) , Conrad Hotel (8/10 – 11/10)
2015 Joined BLINK Gallery as an emerging artist
2014 Graduation Exhibition for Diploma of Fine Art , the School of Continuing and Professional Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong @ Exhibition Gallery of Hong Kong Cultural Centre (19/9 – 21/9)
2014 Diploma of Fine Art , the School of Continuing and Professional Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong
2010 Start working as an IT professional in a local bank
2004 Start working as an IT professional in a global IT solution firm
1982 Born in Hong Kong