Multi-faceted Renaissance man: restaurateur, artist, actor, interior designer, Michael Chow recently shared his early art experience at a talk for IVY, the social community dedicated to lifelong learning that brings together the most successful young leaders from around the world to collaborate and inspire one another.
Kicking off a chain of high profile Art Basel events in December 2016, the in-depth IVY discussion with Michael was moderated by Bonnie Clearwater, Director-Chief Curator, NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale. In 2008, the Museum became part of Nova Southeastern University, one of the largest private research universities in the United States.
Himself painted by such high profile artists as Jean Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha, Michael Chow achieved rare aesthetic status as a multicultural icon. But his own talents as an artist were put on the back burner for 50 years.
His father is quoted as saying “Individuals have to seek their true path. When you take the true path on each action, you become the true artist.”
Chow’s artwork has now evolved beyond flat paintings into a complex blend of painting-sculpture. Last year, the Andy Warhol Museum – Pittsburgh, Beijing’s Ullens Contemporary Art Center and Power Station Museum – Shanghai all featured Chow’s solo show, “Voice For My Father.”
Born 1939 in Shanghai, Michael studied architecture then painting in London before opening his first restaurant in 1968, hanging contemporary art on the walls from artists he knew well.
Married to fashion icons Grace Coddington, the famed Vogue Magazine fashion guru, Tina and now Eva Chow, his restaurant in New York really took off with style-influencer Tina in the early 70s. Together they transformed Mr. Chow’s into an exclusive art club where the Studio 54 glitterati of fashion, art and music hung out, among them, Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall, Issey Miayake, Karl Lagerfeld, David Hockney, Julian Schnabel, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Kenny Scharf.
Chow has lived a highly publicized, extraordinary life at the helm of his restaurants, including having cameo appearances in Losey’s cult film classic “Modesty Blaise,” and Schnabel’s “Basquiat.”
Creativity is all about successful reinvention and Michael Chow is living proof.
Mr. Chow: http://www.mrchow.com/photo-gallery/culture/artwork-fashion
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