Ken Wong, Loki
Ken Wong is a long time TTP favorite. His fans, for example, have long trumpeted the famous and depressing goldfish in Mistaken Identity (below) like proud parents as much as like proud collectors. His work hits people a certain way, and even though his pieces are surreal and disconnected in many ways from reality, people’s reactions to his work are personal. Who hasn’t felt the way the girl in the fishbowl feels, and yet, who would want to?
Ken Wong, Mistaken Identity
Maybe it’s the faces in his pieces, always a little gloomy, with the flesh so real. Maybe it’s the hints of death, of the grotesque, of trees growing out of dead eyes like in Little Earthquakes (below), or the optimistic pop of colorful birds against the harsh grays of Loki. His pieces hit hard, and the texture and palette always fit his subjects perfectly. It’s the combination of all of that, as well as your personal reaction to it, that makes Ken’s pieces so memorable.
Ken Wong, Little Earthquakes
See the rest of Ken’s TTP collection here.