Adrian Kay Wong observes the intimate and familiar by depicting daily life in isolated, encapsulated moments. Composed with a deliberate and measured simplicity, his paintings preserve a stillness that feels cohesive, sentimental, and familiar.
Wong often employs a visual alliteration that occurs in the basic construction of his shapes, repeated forms, and reoccurring motifs. Not only does this repetition of form allow for individual components to fit together quite naturally, but it also develops a larger narrative through these modular elements. The puzzle-like arrangements are intensified by a flatness that subverts the usual perception of depth through figure and ground. This ambiguity of visual hierarchy levels the attention between primary subject, contextual elements, and abstract color forms.
The paintings are distinctive in their sensitivity to the quieter, more mundane, and sometimes even melancholic settings of the everyday. Wong attempts to discover the inherent beauty in these scenes often overlooked – the sedentary, the subtle, the unnoticed.
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