As part of year-long celebrations to mark Trinidad & Tobago’s 50th independence anniversary, renowned artist Brian Wong Won staged an exhibition last Friday night at the twin-island republic’s consulate.
Born in 1970 in Port-of-Spain to second generation Trinidad Chinese parents, Wong Won grew up in Woodbrook which was the hub of mas’ camps and panyards.
“I definitely think his work was inspired by that environment,” said T & T consul general Dr. Vidhya Tota-Maharaj. “He has been drawing since age five and his work is inspired by the colour and drama of our carnival and also by his grandfather who stood out for artistic skill of Chinese calligraphy and water colours.”
This was just Wong Won’s second visit to Toronto.
“The first time I came here, I was very impressed with the diversity of this place,” he said. “I like this city and I am here to share T & T culture.”
His style of painting is unique and he often refers to them as “animated reality”.
“They neither excel to be realistic or abstract but possess energy, pun and reality,” he added.
Wong Won studied art in Miami and staged his first solo show in T & T. In 1996, he entered the arena of T & T carnival with his J’Ouvert band, Mas Jumbies. His work can be found in the National Museum of Trinidad & Tobago and several corporations.
BY RON FANFAIR