Distant Sun

In this series of paintings and collages, I present the viewer with dystopian scenes. I draw inspiration from science fiction films and novels. Just as movies and books tell stories, my pictorial work pieces together a fractured narrative.

“Distant Sun” utilizes photographs found in magazines, brochures and art catalogs. These fragmented source materials serve as ingredients for painting as well as stand alone collages. One goal is to create scenes that are exotic yet familiar. The pictures are never fully planned. Materials guide the path of each composition. Collage works focus on environments while the paintings give the viewer a closer look at the inhabitants of a future world.

The images are fantastic while addressing real world concerns. Like many science fiction fanatics, I am obsessed with the consequence of human action. Fractured skies and jagged buildings seen in my collages suggest a struggle between man and nature. Painted figures are engulfed by their environments. Many figures are pieced together from odd clothing with visible seams between body parts suggesting a dormant insanity within us. Now, we are unable to see it but when the wheel breaks loose the distortion becomes the norm. It is a bleak outlook on the future but I expect the viewer to discover beauty in the scenes.

Carer 10"x15" Gouache and water color on paper. 2012

Carer
10″x15″
Gouache and water color on paper.
2012

Daybreak 16"x32" Oil on canvas. 2012

Daybreak
16″x32″
Oil on canvas.
2012

One Percent 30"x40" Oil on canvas. 2012

One Percent
30″x40″
Oil on canvas.
2012

The Museum 30"x48" Oil on canvas. 2013

The Museum
30″x48″
Oil on canvas.
2013

Meat Jacket 48"x30" Oil on canvas. 2013

Meat Jacket
48″x30″
Oil on canvas.
2013

    Sounds of Thunder     36"x45"     Oil on canvas.     2013

Sounds of Thunder
36″x45″
Oil on canvas.
2013

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Private Art Instruction

Hello aspiring artists!

I am currently offering private tutorials in drawing, painting (oil, acrylic and water based media), collage and image transfer in my studio in Alameda. Ages 12 to adult, beginning to intermediate skill levels, are welcome. My rate is $30/hour. Tutorials will be held at Autobody Fine Art, 1517 Park St., Alameda. Each session will be tailored to your schedule and artistic endeavors. House calls can also be arranged but additional traveling fees will be for required for locations more than 5 miles from the Alameda studio.

Email or call to book a session. See you at the studio!

Raymond

raywongwc@gmail.com

flickr.com/photos/raywong/

650 224 4383

Selected student work

Intermediate drawing student, colored pencil on toned paper (Adult).

Intermediate drawing student, colored pencil on toned paper (Adult). Instructor Raymond Wong.

Middle School Student, Election day 2012 poster, 2-hour session, Tempera on construction paper (age 12). Instructor: Raymond Wong

Middle School Student, Election day 2012 poster, 2-hour session, Tempera on construction paper (age 12). Instructor: Raymond Wong.

Beginning collage student, 3-hour session, Personal narrative collage (Adult), Instructor: Raymond Wong.

Beginning collage student, 3-hour session, Personal narrative collage (Adult), Instructor: Raymond Wong.

Selected works by the instructor

Carer 10"x15" Gouache and water color on paper. 2012

Carer
10″x15″
Gouache and water color on paper.
2012

Daybreak 16"x32" Oil on canvas. 2012

Daybreak
16″x32″
Oil on canvas.
2012

Colony 2 10"X13" Collage and Acrylic on Illustration Board. 2013

Colony 2
10″X13″
Collage and Acrylic on Illustration Board.
2013

About
rw1_webRaymond Wong studied fine arts at CSU East Bay and graduated with a BFA in 2007. He draws inspiration from science fiction films and novels. His work has been shown at the LoBot Gallery, Oakland and the Asian Art Museum as part of the Matcha: Taking up Space event. From 2010-2012, Wong was a resident artist at Root Division, a community arts and education organization in San Francisco. He currently maintains his art practice at Autobody Fine Art in Alameda.

Curriculum Vitae