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Part Chinese but British born, his oriental ancestry is evident in his innate love of decoration and pattern, and his handling of exuberant colour and exotic shape. After a first degree in art and graphic design at Liverpool from 1963-66, he left for Paris to study printmaking at the famous Hayter Printmaking Atelier, followed by a postgraduate degree in sculpture and printmaking at The Slade, University College, London.
It was all a far cry from his modest, even humble beginnings.
PETER Chang, who has died aged 72 in Glasgow, was the Faberge of the 21st century. These objects d'art were large, flamboyant, stylish, and post-modern.
His jewellery creations were unorthodox, outlandish, outrageous, extravagant, witty, sexy, and off the wall. Meanwhile Chang himself was quiet, always unobtrusive, a hard working, shy genius whose smaller pieces took 400 hours to make.
Chang's raw materials are rather different: commonplace plastic off-cuts, worn toothbrushes, old felt-tip pens, broken rulers, razors - anything acrylic.
In the 1970s living in his home town of Liverpool, much of it was obtained from shops in Liverpool’s Chinatown.
I watched Chang’s work for 30 years, visited his studio many times and saw his work develop in complexity and sophistication.
Recent work demonstrated a shift to more rigorous, minimal forms, with sculpture again coming to the fore.
CLARE HENRY Readers’ comments: You are personally liable for the content of any comments you upload to this website, so please act responsibly.Like all fine art, Peter Chang's work provokes an intense physical response: a compulsion to touch, a need to smile and wonder.His unique objects also project an unusual wit and humour. People take things too seriously," he once told me.Recent exhibitions have been at the Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris, and in Germany at the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, yet as is the case for so many artists, Glasgow and Edinburgh failed to appreciate his gifts.Mention jewellery, the majority think of gold or diamonds.