Artwork of the Day – Peter Chang

peter-chang-1.jpgLiverpool artwork of the day – Friday June 15 2007. Sculpture by Peter Chang at Walker Art Gallery until September 30 2007

Unnatural Selection: Jewellery, objects and sculpture by Peter Chang brings a riot of colour and wild forms to the Walker Art Gallery from 15 June to 30 September 2007. The first British retrospective of the Liverpool artist is a comprehensive look at his successful international career.

Chang is a contemporary 3D artist whose work includes stunning sculptural jewellery. The exhibition brings together around 150 pieces, from British, European and American museums and collectors.

Chang creates precious objects from the mundane. In his early work, he used found objects, from disposable razor handles to felt tip pens, teasing them into exquisite forms. He exploits the intrinsic qualities of man-made materials, adding depth and sensuality. Using acrylic, resin and PVC with some pieces also including small fragments of precious metals, the results are vibrant, gleaming objects and extraordinary jewellery and sculpture.

Born in 1944 Chang grew up in Toxteth, Liverpool. He began his art training in 1958 at The Art School in Gambier Terrace and continued to study at the Liverpool College of Art. He won The Liverpool Senior City Scholarship which enabled him to study etching at the famous Atelier 17, Paris, under S.W. Hayter, who also taught Picasso, Giacometti, Joan Miro. Between 1968 and 1971 Chang attended the Slade School of Fine Art London in part assisted with a Bursary from The Holt Educational Trust.

Peter Chang now lives and works in Glasgow.

Walker Art Gallery