Student Spotlight: Tony Wong Hee

This month we’re featuring one of our regular TBSSS students – Tony Wong Hee, who currently has a solo exhibition at mu studio gallery. Below Tony describes his influences and experiences working in sculpture and his time at the Tom Bass Studio:

I started at Tom Bass in 2012 and have attended the Wednesday morning class ever since. What I like most about the school is learning and working in a truly creative atmosphere. It’s an intimate art community that’s friendly and fun!

My best experience was probably creating my first clay sculpture – a group of three very small figures – dumpy and naive they still sit on a windowsill at home. (One of the three pictured to the left).

My work focuses on aspects of the human condition that I express in different ways: figurative work at Tom Bass and wood and paper works at my home studio.

I’m currently working on a clay figure group of my Chinese great-grandmother in formal costume with my grandmother as a young child, sitting on her lap. A tribute to ancestors I never knew.A18O4510

Wood and metal works (example pictured below) are currently showing at mu studio gallery in Mosman. Here, I have attempted to express the concept of Palestinian families living with the dichotomy of being locked in and locked out – of home, land and a normal life. My exhibition runs until 7th August.

I don’t have a favourite sculptor. Art history is full of amazing artists whose work I love – from Michelangelo to Anselm Keiffer. At the moment I’m loving the painted plaster figures by Australia’s Linda Marrinon.

Visit Tony’s exhibition – Home Land at mu studio galleryuntil 7 Aug, open Wed – Sun 10am – 4pm.

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