Wayne Ngan (1937-2020)

Wayne Ngan (1937-2020)

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our beloved Wayne Ngan. He passed away on June 12th at the age of 83, leaving behind an ineffable legacy. As a studio potter, whose works are inextricably linked to the world in which he lives, he was a true master of his medium.

Born in Canton, China, he immigrated to Richmond, British Columbia, Canada in 1951. He has lived and worked on Hornby Island in relative isolation since about 1967, where he himself built his home and studio. With nature being fully instilled in his life and artistic practice, Ngan was a wonderful gardener who put as much thought into his gardening as he did into his meticulously crafted artworks.

Ngan is most famous for his pottery and other works in clay; however, his practice extended to sculpting in bronze, and painting with oils, watercolors and ink. His vessels are deeply rooted in the great pottery traditions of the Far-East as he made regular visits to Guangzhou, China. They are an embodiment of the artist’s own environment and ideals, reflecting the values of simplicity and wholeness that were similarly ingrained in the way that he lived his life.

For over half a century, Ngan’s works have been widely exhibited internationally, and are in the collections of numerous acclaimed museums. Since the 1960s, his work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions since, including The Apartment in Vancouver, Canada; Gardener Museum in Toronto, Canada; American Crafts Museum in Concord, Massachusetts; Hanart Art Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in Canada; National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Canada; and Nathalie Karg Gallery. Ngan’s ceramics form a part of the collections of various institutions such as the Gardiner Museum, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.

We are honored to be able to memorialize the legacy of Wayne Ngan in our current exhibition of his pots paired with the works of painter Tim Wilson.