Adrian Kay Wong

Adrian Kay Wong is an artist living and working in Los Angeles.

Adrian Kay Wong’s paintings present encapsulated moments that display a focused lens on the intimate, familiar, and human connection. Wong explores the interactions between negative space and figure, segmenting his surfaces with shapes that are collectively representational, but independently function as abstract forms. By exacting an extreme flatness that forces ground and figure on more equal planes, Wong also levels the attention between primary subject and contextual elements. The paintings are distinctively personal through the portrayal of narratives that are often sourced from his own adolescence. By investigating these sentimentalities with a deliberate and measured simplicity, Wong attempts to glorify the ordinary and reimagine the everyday.

“Much of the subject-matter in my paintings is drawn from my own experiences and a lot of the decision-making in my creative process alludes to those personal aspects. For instance, the exact repeating of figures, pairing of objects, and prevalence of the number ‘2’ are all pretty symbolic of my younger twin brother—a concept that I can portray both visually and metaphorically. These representations are not limited to certain meanings either: the number 2 also describes the inferiority we sometimes feel while wrestling with the conflicts in our youth. In the end, I try to have my paintings embody a sort of encapsulated or polished memory that people can interpret through their own perspective.”

Adrian Kay Wong (b. 1991) spent his childhood residing in the East Bay of California, a son to a mother from Hong Kong and a father from Macau. After receiving his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, he now lives and works in the much warmer and sunnier Los Angeles, CA.

E D U C A T I O N
2013 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) | Chicago, IL
Bachelors in Fine Arts (BFA) | Emphasis in Painting and Drawing

S E L E C T E D  E X H I B I T I O N S
2016 Paintings By Amelia Midori Miller and Adrian Kay Wong
Sherle Wagner Art Gallery | Dallas, TX
2016 Fresh Faces
Saatchi Art | Demand Media | Santa Monica, CA
2015 An Evening of Art & Design at West Elm
West Elm | Beverly Blvd | Los Angeles, CA
2013 BFA Redux: Selections from the Undergraduate Exhibitions
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Columbus Drive Building | Chicago, IL
2013 Spring 2013 Bachelors in Fine Arts (BFA) Undergraduate Exhibition
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Sullivan Galleries | Chicago, IL
2013 Subject
Ultra Gallery | Lacuna Artist Lofts | Chicago, IL
2012 Shared Studios: Adrian Wong and Ian Miyamura
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Sharp Building | Chicago, IL
2012 15th Annual CO-OP Professional Project Show
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago | John M. Flaxman Library | Chicago, IL
2011 Nippon Steel Exhibitions I & II
Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal U.S.A., Inc. Chicago Offices | Chicago, IL
2011 7th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition
33 Contemporary Gallery at the Zhou B. Art Center | Chicago, IL
2010 Sexy
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Gene Siskel Film Center | Chicago, IL
2010 ArtBash
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Columbus Drive Building | Chicago, IL

A W A R D S / H O N O R S
2013 Union League Civic & Arts Foundation 2013 Visual Arts Competition Finalist
2013 Bachelors in Fine Arts Fellowship Award Recipient
2012 Nippon Steel U.S.A., Inc/SAIC Presidential Award
2010 Outstanding New Artist Awards for 2010 SAIC ArtBash
2009 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Merit Scholarship