|Written by Lachlan|
|Sunday, 22 July 2007|
Eric NganEric Ngan is ... a 'glass half full' kind of guy. He is first generation kiwi with Chinese parents. He is the fifth child out of six and learned the value of hard work in his families green grocer and fish n chip and chinese take away shop. His Cantonese is steadily improving due to the efforts of his China doll, Kelly.
He has always been interested in... [in no particular order] drawing, making things by hand, comics, yum char, Jackie Chan movies, All Blacks. He paddles socially with the Tu Fa'atasi Outrigger Club and on occasional sunny mornings the crew can be seen drinking lattes at Scorching Bay before paddling, leisurely, back to base.
He studied.... harder at Art School than at high school and obtained one of the first Craft Design Diplomas at Whitireia Polytechnic. He met life long friends there
He currently works as an..... Events Coordinator at Te Papa. Previously he worked freelance through his production team Siva Lava Productions, established in 1995, where he was fortunate enough to work on and create many Festivals and Events around New Zealand.
Recent projects include.... the TV2 Cuba Street Carnival Night Parade, Red Carpet Coordinator for the Lord Of The Rings Australasian premiere in Wellington, 2002. Fringe NZ Festival Outdoor Events Coordinator, 2003.
Here are some of his paintings - Triptych | Sweeping patterns of Fantasy | Persevering Rock | Fish - two | Dragon - Pencil
Of special interest is.... the drawing 'Sweeping patterns of Fantasy'.
which was completed for.... an exhibition called 'Maiden China'. A show which was staged during the 2002 Festival of Asia in Wellington. This exhibition was a result of Eric's first trip tp China and inspiration he gained from visiting family and places he had only previously read about. Upon returning to NZ he happened upon another artist friend Jo Luping who was in China at the same time doing a similar trip.
It depicts a.... mosaic of aspects of Eric's life, thoughts, past present and future. A whole mixture of symbols, patterns and motifs. A combination of mostly Chinese based images but stirring in some Maori and Polynesian influence as well.