Artist's Biography - Wong Shue
Adrian Wong Shue was born on the Caribbean island of Jamaica in the West Indies when the island was still a British Colony. His formal studies were in Kingston, Jamaica and Los Angeles, California. He has exhibited widely in many major galleries throughout the United States, as well as in Jamaica, Korea, India, and France. Select his image at the left to go directly to his new work.
Although Wong Shue is popularly known for his intricate paintings on Japanese natsume and Chinese rice paper, his oeuvre of recent decades, on a wider scale, consists of a much varied range of media. These include drawings in pastels, charcoal, ink, and pencil, as well as woodcuts and etchings. His paintings consist of oil on canvas, gouache, acrylic, and watercolor. The more distinctly figurative works by the artist are often executed from a combination of direct visual observation with live models and images often drawn from his prolific imagination.
Some of the artist's most recent works are largely influenced by his early exposure to local island art that was primarily West African in origin. However, his more figuratively inclined oil paintings and drawings reflect his early, formal training during the 1960's at Kingston College under Professor Alexander Cooper and his tutorship under Chinese drawing master Alfred Chin in Kingston, Jamaica. Given the varied influences in Wong Shue's background - formal training in a British inspired academic atmosphere, tutorship in the traditional Asian discipline of art, and early exposure to local Caribbean island art - it is not surprising that the artist's current work shows more than traces of his formative years.
Adrian Wong Shue currently works from his studio in Los Angeles, California.
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