I stayed in Washington D.C. for three days and was overwhelmed by the art collections within the city. Sketching inside each museum was difficult. I didn’t want to linger too long on any one particular piece for fear that I would miss out on the many other significant works of art on view. Perhaps another 3-4 weeks in town would have helped me digest all that I saw.
Sugar, a group exhibition of emerging artists, will be up until October 11th at Autobody Fine Art in Alameda. I have a couple of pieces in the show. Stop on by!
Here is the review for my solo show, Distant Sun, as seen in the August 2013 issue of the East Bay Express. Follow this link for the full paper http://www.eastbayexpress.com/general/flash/2013/08-14-2013/.
Here is my piece for Dickson Schneider’s free art project that is now in Berlin, Germany. It’s basically a fancy business card. Who knows, President Joachim Gauck might stop by the Tapir Gallery in Friedrichshain, pick it up, and say “das ist gut!”
I’m not holding my breath.
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.
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.
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Raymond 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.
In my series of collages, I present the viewer with dystopian landscapes. I draw inspiration from science fiction films and novels. Just as movies and books tell stories, I aim to create a narrative with my pictorial work.
The works in my current series are comprised of found photographs from magazines, brochures and art catalogs. One goal is to create scenes that are exotic yet familiar. The mechanical structures seen in my collages are assembled with cut photographs of Korean palaces from the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). I am interested in how these ancient palaces can be made to look futuristic or timeless by reconstructing them piece by piece. The pictures are never fully planned. Materials guide the path of each composition.
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. It is a bleak outlook on the future but I expect the viewer to discover beauty in the scenes.
In October of last year, I was hired to paint a portrait of Ron Conway, a successful Silicon Valley investor. Artist, Elizabeth Cayne, connected me with people from the Emerson Collective, Palo Alto. The Emerson Collective, a non-profit that supports social entrepreneurs and others in education, social justice and conservation, was founded by Laurene Powell Jobs (widow of Steve Jobs).
My clients gave a photograph by Cody Pickens to work from. Upon looking at the photograph I decided that a darker more earthy toned background would be better for the painting. One request by my clients was that painting should look like a 19th century portrait. I also looked at a number of other photos of Ron Conway to gain a better understanding of his features. It would have been ideal to take the reference photos myself but this portrait was to be a surprise gift and there were time constraints.
I had to adjust my way of working a bit because I had not been in the habit of making flattering portraits. Most of my figurative works bring out the figure’s vulnerabilities and are also looser in style. By contrast, I feel that the Ron Conway portrait displays boldness and strength. It is also monumental; literally larger than life. I also feel that seriousness in Conway’s face sells the humor of the image.
I recently saw the short writeup about the painting on TechCrunch.com (http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/14/ron-conway-the-painting/). Judging from the photos, Conway seemed to like the painting so I guess it was a success!