Anita Yan Wong
My current works have been dealing with movement, patterns and emotions occured in nature; individualism in the viewer’s eyes and the role of traditional art form in the Millennium. My current abstract ink painting series "Tigers", "Jumping kittens", "Roosters" and "Dogs" explores the movements of subject and passage of time through the use of "Bǐ" (Brushwork).
Anita Yan Wong, Contemporary American Chinese Expressionist painter, is a long time pupil of Hsin Pengjiu, a World-renowned Lingnan style master (嶺南畫派) and first pupils of Chao Shao An and Pu Hsin-Yu (Aisin-Gioro Puru), cousin of Pu Yi, the last emperor of China. With her background in traditional chinese art and film, the artist is best known for her distinct dynamic brush works and unique style of "Contemporary Traditional" paintings that defies tradition and modernity.
Anita Wong received her B.A. (Honors) in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London; her M.F.A. and M.A. in Digital Photography and Digital Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. She has served as a electronic media and cultural professor for over thirteen years before returning to a sole focus on her art in 2015. During this time, she was awarded Excellence Scholars from Maryland Institute College of Art and “Teaching excellence honor” from the Art Institute. Throughout the years the artist took part in an array of non profit artistic projects around the world including Baltimore international rhythm festival, Academy of Natural History Museum insects show and Action AIDS. Her "Contemporary traditional art" are currently featured on both traditional and Hip Cultural magazines. With her cross platforms interest like film and electronic media, she has also served as a guest speaker for many events, including film and television director Bob Giraldi (best known for the creator of Michael Jackson music video).
Nature is the main inspiration for the artist who equally admires works by Abstract Expressionist artists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, the Impressionists and the beautiful brush works found in Asian rice paper paintings. With her background in creating moving imagery, Anita explores the movements of subjects and passage of time, which is why animals and natural elements represent recurrent topics in her work. Seemingly alive– tigers and birds in full flight experience a certain level of abstraction but still retain their natural appeal. Perception is also recurrent topic in her paintings as the artist tries to explore various ways individuals perceive her imagery. Inspired by Duchamp, Wong believes images could be used as a tool to serve the mind. Her 2016 research was a collaboration project with MAHB, Stanford University with the goal of preserving Lingnan Guo Hua and the beauties in nature. Yale University China Hands Magazine described her paintings as “Traditional art form that questions the Modern Minds”.
Ideas: playful ink & Rorschach