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Profile: Pearl Lam

Peal Lam

Pearl Lam is a front row player on China's art scene and founder of the Contrasts chain of art galleries.

As the daughter of the Hong Kong business tycoon, Lim Por-yen, Pearl moved around a lot as a child, attending schools in the US and the UK.

In 1993, Pearl held her first exhibition, an idiosyncratic selection of old and new, east and west, fine art, decorative art and design - inspired by a personal quest to put Chinese art on a world stage.

She opened her first gallery in Shanghai, with an exhibition about France's influence on the city, from Shanghai art deco to fashion and art. She now runs seven Contrasts galleries based in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, which all offer fusions of European and Chinese artwork and design pieces.

Pearl chose to name her galleries Contrasts because her philosophy is both to celebrate and exaggerate differences.

Pearl runs her art business from her penthouse in Shanghai but also has homes in Hong Kong and London. When she is not working she loves to throw parties and put her 60-seater dining table to good use.

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