My artwork is a reflection of my emotions and memories, and shows my understanding and interpretation of my life experience and the world that surrounds me. I have lived in Canada since 1999, but my time spent growing up in my native China has been an important influence on my artwork. I have painted portraits of my family members at different ages as well as different locations in China that I remember from my past. All the figures that I create on canvas are myself in a way; they reflect my cultural upbringing, personal feelings, and experiences. I think of them as characters in a drama, and the canvas as a stage. My work is a response to the imbalance between my inside feelings and the outside world. I fuse classical concepts and traditional techniques into my work using my own exaggerated figures. These figures reflect the history of western oil painting techniques but also show contemporary themes of eastern culture.
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Jeffrey Chong Wang studied professional painting in China as a teenager. In 2006 he received his B.A. from O.C.A.D. in Toronto; which included a full year of study in Florence, Italy. European classical and Renaissance art strongly influenced his work.
In 2009 Jeffrey completed a M.F.A. degree at New York Academy of Art in N.Y.C. During his study, he received a scholarship for a painting residency in Normandy, France with the Prince of Wales Drawing Institute. His paintings are in the collections of Christopher ‘Kip’ Forbes and the Prince of Wales.
Jeffrey was given an award from Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in 2008. He also received the 2010 ‘Best of Category – Painting’ award from T.O.A.E.
His artwork was shown and a major painting sold at Toronto 2010 International Art Fair.
Jeffrey’s painting reflects his emotions and memories, interpreting life experiences and the surrounding world. The realities of iving primarily in rapidly changing China continues to greatly influence his art. Jeffrey explains, “I paint all my past.” The figures in his paintings are in a way, himself. They reflect his cultural upbringing, personal feelings and experiences. He thinks of them as characters in a dramatic play, and the canvas is his stage. His work is a response to an imbalance between his internal emotions and the external world.
Jeffrey Chong Wang creatively fuses classical techniques with conceptual abstraction using exaggerated figures. His artwork reflects traditional western oil painting techniques while expressing contemporary eastern world themes.
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2007 – 2009
New York Academy of Art, New York, U.S.A.
Master of Fine Arts degree
Normandy Summer Painting Residencies, France
In collaboration with the Prince of Wales Drawing Institute,
Co-ordinated by M.F.A. program, New York Academy of Art,
Paintings collected by Christopher ‘Kip’ Forbes and the Prince of Wales
2001 – 2006
Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
2002 – 2003
O.C.A.D. Off-Campus Program, Florence, Italy
Full school year organized by B.F.A. program at O.C.A.D.
Solo Show, Engine Gallery, Toronto
Mutual Interests, The New York Academy of Art & The Fine Art College of Shanghai University, Shanghai China
Art Beijing, Beijing China
Solo Show, Engine Gallery, Toronto
50 years of Art – Retrospective Exhibition, First Canadian Place, Toronto
Toronto Art Expo, Toronto Convention Centre
‘Best of 2010′ Featuring Award Winner from Toronto
Outdoor Art Exhibition, FCP Gallery, First Canadian Place
International Art Fair, Toronto Sold a Big piece
2nd Place Award, Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto
“Best panting” Award, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
‘2nd Place Award’, Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto
Feb. 2008 & 2009
Tribeca Ball, New York, U.S.A., Artist Exhibitor
Jan – Feb, 2009
‘Best of 2008’, Featuring Award Winners from Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition,
FCP Gallery, First Canadian Place
Sept – Oct, 2008
Solo Show, Campbell House Museum, Toronto, Canada
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square Honorable Mention,
Telford Fenton Memorial Award
2006 – 2007
Featured Gallery Artist, Group Exhibitions
Galerie Bertossini, Toronto, Canada
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square
2003 – 2004
Solo Shows – Free Times Café, Toronto, Canada
1999 – 2004
Member, Artist Run Co-op, Masterpiece Gallery, Toronto, Canada