Early work: Liverpool, Paris and London

Industrial illustration showing pipes

Drawing, coloured pencil on black paper, 1964

Born in London in 1944, Chang grew up in Toxteth. His mother was from a local family and his father a Chinese seaman. The area had a thriving diverse community so that as he grew up he was exposed to many cultural influences. In the early sixties Chang was immersed in the swinging Liverpool art and music scene. He became a member of the popular black vocal harmony group ‘The Chants’ and stayed with them until 1962.

From 1962 until 1968 he studied art, graphic design, printmaking and sculpture at the Liverpool College of Art. In 1966 he won the Liverpool Senior City Scholarship which enabled him to study in Paris at the Atelier 17 under SW Hayter.

In 1968 he went to the Slade School in London, studying etching with Anthony Gross and sculpture with Reg Butler.

Whilst in Paris and at the Slade, Chang developed his love of printmaking. Some of his early printing plates and prints can be seen in the exhibition. The plates are deeply etched. Chang would carefully ink up the plate with more than one colour at a time. By doing this, he was able to produce a multicoloured print using just one plate instead of several.