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Matthew Wong (1984 – 2019)

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.

Wu Guanzhong (1919 – 2010)

Wu Guanzhong was born in the Jiangsu province of eastern China.  He studied initially at the National Academy of Art in Hangzhou under Lin Fengmian, a painter often called the ‘father of Chinese modernist’.  He moved to Paris in 1947 and returned to China in 1950.  At the start of the cultural revolution fearful of the Red Guards he destroyed many of his paintings and was banished to a remote countryside to perform manual labor.  In the 70’s he was allowed to return home and to paint again.  Known for his landscape paintings he is regarded as having been one of his country’s great modern artists.’

 Images:  Courtesy of various sources.

Guy Yanai

Guy Yanai is an Israeli painter currently living and working in Tel Aviv, Israel.  He attended Parsons School of Design and the New York Studio School and receiving a BFA from Hampshire College in Massachusetts.  His work often depicts everyday objects and places using vibrant colors, simple shapes and a shallow depth of field.  He has numerous sources of inspiration including old, modern, and contemporary masters to photography, television, paintings, and advertisements.  On an interview with Miles McEnery Gallery he says this about his painting style:  

“Honestly it just arrived slowly by working. The mark in painting is really important for me. So why not make every approach with linen have significant meaning? Not only do I not feel trapped, its liberating and allows me to make anything I want mine. Lately there have been a lot more vertical marks, so we will see where that goes. But really, the way I work is very simple, a brush, oil paint, linen.”

The artist can be followed on his website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Guy Yanai.

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