Bess Chan (b.1996)

Bess Chan is a final year student at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, where she is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours). As Chan was born in Singapore, brought up in Hong Kong and educated in the UK ever since she was 14, her practice revolves around a continuous documentation of her constant shuffle between these places. Thus, her artistic interest lies in the uncertain nature of the concept of “home” and the ephemerality of contemporary life. Her paintings are drawn from momentary encounters on the streets that are archived and accumulated as photographs over time. Fragmented and distant memories are pieced together on the canvas into scenes constructed from imagination. Portraying the subtle, quiet things and fleeting moments in her immediate surroundings, the paintings essentially become visual reconstructions of the artist’s personal experiences, memories and interior states of being.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2016 Candid Arts Trust Christmas Art Fair Salon Exhibition, London, UK
  • 2016 CSM 2D Open Studio, London, UK
  • 2016 PARA-SITE, Group Exhibition, Central Saint Martins, London, UK
  • 2015 Summer Foundation Show, Central Saint Martins, London, UK
  • 2015 Summer Festival, Group Exhibition, The Dauntsey’s Gallery, Wiltshire, UK


  • 2017 Shortlisted, Bazaar Art Prize, Singapore
  • 2015 Dauntsey’s School Art Prize, UK


  • 2017 The Ham zine – issue #2, The Ham Free Press, London, UK

Images of Artworks



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