© by Gwen Wong

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Artist Statement

My work is painterly and allegorical, caught somewhere in the middle between the representational painter and the narrator. I am inspired by the idea of a childhood revisited through fables, fairy tales and nursery rhymes that are often told as bedtime stories. It is through this story telling and other childhood rituals that I have begun the process of deconstructing the ideas of childhood innocence and how that may influence and imprint who we become as adults.

I often find myself working simultaneously with animal imagery in a separate body of work that allows me to explore these sentient creatures and ponder their symbolism and meaning in modern and ancient cultures.The animals are not sentimental and cute but characters with a trace of humanity. It is imagination at the core of these pieces that drives me to create my own stories and interpretations that often contrast the unexpected and represent the possibility.

As a contemporary painter, I choose to use a combination of indirect painting and wet-on-wet techniques. By blending these techniques, I can add bold color (wet-on-wet) as well as create depth of layers that can only be achieved through glazing.

Galleries
Thomas Deans Fine Art
Lovetts Fine Art Gallery
Exhibitions

Clue                      
Lovetts Fine Art, Tulsa, OK

2018

Fahrenheit 451 Show                       
Lovetts Fine Art, Tulsa, OK

2017

Holiday Show                     
Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

2016 

Birds                    
Lovetts Fine Art, Tulsa, OK

2015 

Summer Pleasures                      
Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

2014

The Dalton Show                   
Agnes Scott University, Decatur, GA

2012

WTF?                   
Lovetts Fine Art, Tulsa, OK

2017 

The Cauldron Show                       
Lovetts Fine Art, Tulsa, OK

2016

Two Person Show                       
Dogwood City Art Gallery, Tallapoosa, GA

2016

The Lollipop Guild                     
Lovetts Fine Art, Tulsa, OK

2015

Works on Paper                     
Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

2012

Artist Retrospective                    
University of South Carolina, Aiken, SC

2011

Awards/Publications

Art Galleries & Artists of the South,Vol 9, Issue 2

Art Galleries & Artists of the South,Vol 9, Issue 2

Area Zinc Art Magazine, Special Edition, Second Anniversary, 8th Issue
 

Three Women, New Works at Aliya Linstrum Gallery, Creative Loafing

42nd Illustration Annual,The Best Illustration of 2001, Communications Arts

2012

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2001