Matthew Wong was a self-taught painter, poet, and photographer who painted landscapes, forest scenes and still life. The Canadian-based artist was on the autism spectrum, had Tourette’s syndrome and had grappled with depression since childhood. At 35 the artist took his own life in Edmonton, Canada. In 2013 he started experimenting with painting and the art world quickly took notice. His name was suddenly compared to master painters: Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh and Georges Seurat. On an interview with Art of Choice he said this about his work:
“I do believe that there is an inherent loneliness or melancholy to much of contemporary life, and on a broader level I feel my work speaks to this quality in addition to being a reflection of my thoughts, fascinations and impulses.”
Matthew Wong is represented by Karma Gallery in New York City.
Images: Courtesy of various sources.