Mary Wong Vernissage
Sunday November 10th, 2013
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mary Wong: Out of the Blue
Abstract artist Mary Wong wields both brush and palette knife with skill and intuition to create oil paintings that are both beautiful and sublime. This exhibition of her new work reveals a candid dialogue about her life, her concern for and love of nature, and her mastery of abstract techniques.
“Mary Wong brings to mind the palette knife work of great Canadian “Automatists” like Riopelle and Borduas" says Cube curator Don Monet. "Her paintings are evocative, and richly textured through sculpting oil paint onto the surface of the canvas to create beautifully complex and intertwined layers of colour."
Wong’s work unveils a candid tale of her personal search for truth, awareness and honesty in her fight for self-preservation. This exhibition explores tumultuous chaos as well as the flickering glow of hope.
"My paintings pull at the viewer to enter these contemplative spaces and become lost among cascading depths of colour and emotion," she says.
Wong has had numerous sold out shows in Toronto as her work continues to be collected across Canada and the US. She continues to garner much recognition for her work as an emerging artist. She won an Ontario Emerging Artist Grant in 2009, and an Emerging Artist Exhibition Grant in 2011. Her new body of work, Out of the Blue, can be seen at Cube Gallery from November 5 - 26, 2013.
About Mary Wong
Featured artist Mary Wong, holds an Honors Arts degree from the University of Waterloo with a specialization in Sculpture and Painting. In the past thirteen years, Wong has worked as a abstract contemporary painter. Her paintings are evocative, thick and textural, showing a masterful skill with both brush in hand and the edge of palette knives. Sculpting the oil paint onto the surface of the canvas, Wong envelops the paint in complex and intertwined pigmented layers. Her paintings pull at the viewer to delve into these contemplative spaces and be lost amongst these cascading depths for a time. Hidden amongst ethereal canopies and held protectively by an earthly bound embrace, Wong’s deep reverence for the natural landscape is a conversation that needs not utter a sound. Through this pictorial silence, Wong’s work unveils a candid tale of her personal search for truth, awareness and honesty in her fight for self-preservation.
Held captive by the throes of depression for many years, the artist, describes with her new series of work, her journey through melancholy and her ascension from an ever present encroaching darkness. Her paintings are at once a tumultuous chaos threatening to crash overhead, swirling down to envelop the light like an icy winter night and yet, there remains a flickering glow. Frail in its diminishing state, hope remains, pushing against the weight of obscurity. As like any storm that rages in the dark, light follows like rays of dappled sunlight emblazoned upon an upturned face, such is the story told by visual artist Mary Wong
Wong has had numerous sold out shows in Toronto and her work continues to be collected across Canada and the US. Her work has been reviewed in magazines and have received many acclamations by her peers and art community leading Wong to receive several awarded grants in recent years. She continues to garner much recognition for her work as an emerging artist and her new body of work can be seen at Cube Gallery from November 5 - 26, 2013.
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