Wong had a fascinating career. Well, still has, actually. He's 103 and still actively creating beautiful work. This wide ranging exhibit was one of the best I've seen at the Disney, showing over 150 works by Wong.
|Promotional Art from Disney Family Museum.|
The exhibit begins with the story of his immigration from China through Angel Island as a child, and what a trial it was, and establishes how he found a balance between Chinese ideas of form and perspective and Western methods of portraying a scene. These ideas are evident in his best known work, the concept art for Disney's 1940's masterpiece Bambi. In a video, Wong talks about the contrast between the mists and the need for distance in Chinese painting, where Western painting tends to feature the main subject front and center. His atmospheric paintings really set the tone for Bambi, and made it the work of art it is.
|Gallery View looking down from 2nd floor (from Wong's FB page)|
There's a documentary film in the making; Tyrus Wong: Brushstrokes in Hollywood (FB page). Here's a Cartoon Brew review by Amid Amidi with lots of images.