Frederick Wong

Frederick Wong

Frederick Wong: Recent Watercolors
March 30 – May 2, 2008
Opening Reception: March 30, 2008

An exhibition of watercolors by Frederick Wong will be exhibited in the gallery of the Esther Raushenbush Library at Sarah Lawrence College from March 30 – May 2.

"Watercolor has been my medium of choice since sixth grade, when a family friend gave me my first watercolor block, a set of pigments in tubes! – and Eliot O’Hara’s book, Making Watercolor Behave", said the artist.

Frederick Wong received both his BFA and MA degrees from the University of New Mexico where he attended on a Scholastic Magazine Scholarship. He has taught at Pratt Institute and Hofstra University and, for the last 20 years, has been teaching at The Art Students League of New York. He is the author of Oriental Watercolor Techniques – For Contemporary Painting and The Complete Calligrapher, both published by Watson Guptill of New York.  He is a signature member of The American Watercolor Society and Allied Artists of America.

Mr. Wong had his first one-man exhibition in 1961 at the Mi Chou Gallery in New York.  Mi Chou introduced many famous Chinese artists to the New York public, including the great master, Qi Baishi.  Since then, Mr. Wong’s paintings have been exhibited by or in the collection of, among others, The Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase, NY; The Oklahoma Museum of Art and The Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa; The Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C.; Fairleigh Dickinson University; Lehigh University; Hofstra University.  He has also had solo exhibitions at Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong; Genkan Gallery, Tokyo; Jones Gallery, LaJolla; Malton Galleries, Cincinnati; and Kenmore Galleries, Philadelphia. His paintings can be found in the corporate and private collections of, among others, The New York Times, Pfizer Corporation, U.S. Summit Corporation, and Siemens Corporation, and his watercolor workshops are popular both in the U.S. and in Europe.

The American Watercolor Society, The National Arts Club, New York, Ligonier Arts Festival, Pa., Artists in Action, Hawaii, and Butler Institute, Pa. have given him numerous awards. In addition, he has served as judge, and continues to be asked to sit on juries of selection and awards across the country. Arts Magazine noted, “What is international and timeless in landscape scenes? Well, Frederick Wong has found it in these quiet, misty scenes, suggesting at once the light and the brushwork of Gainsborough, Corot, and Monet, the philosophical overtones of Song scrolls...and the almost-but-not-quite sentimentality of Robert Frost word-pictures.”