Wing Na Wong

   Illustrator


Illustrations and goals:

She has a passion for Illustration; she likes to incorporate Illustration elements to her paintings. The example of culture by adding element of traditional clothing or a flag, it is representational and it is symbolic. Strengthen the message of animal awareness by adding the cage, color, textures and composition to evoke or express different emotions.

She admires Tim O’Brien and Gottfried Helnwein; they convey ideas, facts and feelings using the technical skills of painting and drawing and their own creativity. The most influential mentor and guidance are Lesile Cober-Gentry and Jack Tom. They had made a positive difference in her life. They saw something in her that she didn’t see in herself, and they are the ones who taught her to always trying to improve and never stop learning.

Her ultimate goal is to be accepted in Society of Illustrator. It will be an honor and a turning point that changes her life, because she will be able to exhibit her illustration works through a popular and well known museum. Eventually she wants to continue to grow conceptually and expand her photo-realistic style. Hopefully one day she can become an internationally recognized artist and illustrator in her near future.

Biography:

Wing Na Wong is currently studying the Master of Fine Arts in Illustration at Western Connecticut State University. She is a stay-at-home mom who has a burning passion for creating hyper realistic artwork and fusion of practical art projects with creative methods. Her passion started at an extremely young age, she found herself attracted to the drawing. She loved the idea of creating an image that included natural elements sprinkled with her own imagination. Unfortunately, life events took over and she found herself straying further and further away from the path she has always envisioned herself to take. Many years passed before she had the inspiration to pick up a pencil again. She would look back to her older drawings, thinking about the possibilities she could have had.
 
One day, she decided to stop lamenting about missed opportunities and to create her own. She never thought about returning to school or to return to creating art work, let alone on a professional level. She signed up for her first painting class on Spring 2016, she practiced after midnight, and she was able to achieve many personal milestones and perfect her talents thanks to the unwavering support and guidance from the Art Department at West Conn. A few semesters of classes and many of paintings later, she is really pleased with her progress. She is back on track to pursue her dreams and to do what she has always wanted.

Artist’s statement:

Wing Na Wong’s thesis is based on animals and taxidermy. Our animal kingdom is facing new extinctions every day and many of them are caused by humans. As such, it is our responsibility to bring more awareness to these issues and help them survive the changes caused by us. Her paintings serve as a reminder and a connections between the beauties of these animals and what they would be like if they were still with us today, and to ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to see these animals not just through taxidermy but in real life.


Awards and recognitions:

• The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in Hartford Art school of the University of Hartford – for excellence in visual arts.

• An art piece was chosen by the Congresswoman, Jahana Hayes in her Waterbury office, and it will be display there  for her 2 years term.
• Nominated by The National Society of Leadership and Success on December 8th 2017 for the Dream Support Award, intended to support individuals in achieving their dream, out of recognition that working towards a personal goal takes unlimited hard work, unyielding determination, and unbreakable courage.
• Painting of Portia De Rossi was showed on The Ellen Show, and it was complimented by Ellen Degeneres.
• Nominated by Western Connecticut State University for the Antonio Alberetti Award for Excellence in Painting. The award is given in memory of Antonio Alberetti, who encouraged achievement in the arts. The selected recipient is the art student who demonstrates the most promise in painting.

• Nominated by Art at Ives • Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show for the #1 Painting Award.

• The City of Danbury proclamation from Mayor Mark Boughton for recognizing my induction into my painting career.
• Her style of Illustration is hyper realistic and photorealistism. She enjoys painting portraits, still life and animals.

Art Shows

Group Shows:
Jan 10th – Feb 1st, 2018 
New Town Library – Cyrenius H. Booth Central Library 
25 Main Street Newtown CT 06470 
Feb 2rd – March 29th, 2018 
New Town Municipal Center – ‘Color in Winter’
3 Primrose St, Newtown, CT 06470  
Feb 5th – March 5th, 2018 
Robert S. Young Library  
43 Lake Avenue Ext. Danbury, CT 06810 
April 19th – May 6th, 2018 
Senior Portfolio Exhibition • WCSU Art Gallery 
43 Lake Avenue Ext. Danbury, CT 06810 
June 1st – July 6th, 2019
Art and Frame of New Town
77 Main Street New Town, CT 06470
Solo Shows:
Feb 5th – April 13th, 2018 
City Center Danbury 
268 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810 
July 9th – Sept 14th, 2018
Escape to the Arts 
293 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810
Juried Exhibition Shows:

April 21st, 2016
36th Annual Student Art Show
Wallace Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin Art Gallery

Oct 4th – Oct 28th, 2018
Juried Open Show 2018
Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio
11 Railroad Street, New Milford, CT 06776

Oct 14th – Oct 21st, 2018
2018 Juried Art Show & Sale
Stanley L. Richter Association for the Arts Richter House 
100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury, CT 06811

June 8th – August 4th, 2019
Hudson Valley Art Association 86th Annual Show
The Lyme Art Association Gallery Old Lyme, CT 06371

July 15th – October 5th, 2019
Small Treasures Juried Exhibition Show
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street Norwalk, CT 06854

July 10th – August 21st, 2019
National Association of Women Artists
315 West 39th Street Suite 508, New York, New York

October 26th – December 9th, 2019
11th Annual Juried Figurative Drawing and Painting Exhibition Show
Lore Degenstein Gallery
514 University Ave, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Honors Awards
• Nominated by Tunxis Community College for the All-USA Community College Academic Team in recognition of scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments on April 28th 2017. Out of 11 colleges, 21 students were chosen for the state team and she was selected to represent Tunxis Community College. She had also obtained an official statement from Nancy Wyman, Lieutenant Governor for recognizing this achievement. 

• Nominated by Naugatuck Valley Community College for the All-USA Community College Academic Team in recognition of scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments on April 29th 2016. Out of 10 colleges, 19 students were chosen for the state team and she was selected to represent Naugatuck Valley Community College. She had also obtained an official statement from Dannel P. Malloy, Governor for recognizing this achievement. 




The honorable Mark Boughton, Mayor of Danbury, CT
It was an honor to meet Mayor Mark Boughton and it was a pleasure to paint a portrait painting of him. Thank you for the services and the dedication to the City of Danbury, CT.

Commissions Portraits
If there is a special memory from a memorable picture, that wish to be painted as a gift or a personal collectible, please don’t hesitate to contact her for a free estimate. The medium that she uses is oil on canvas or oil on linen, it is 100% traditionally hand painted. Also she will stretch her own canvas for custom sizes.  
Latest Work
This Illustration of a tiger is her latest finished painting. It’s an oil on canvas painting, and the size is 36″ x 24″. Follow her on Instagram: @wingnawong for latest work in progress.
Contact 
 Please contact her for any art related inquiries.

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Email: wingnawong@yahoo.com 

Mailing address:
PO Box 2513
Danbury, CT 06813