by Ariadna Zierold
Jeffrey Chong‘s artwork is a reflection of his emotions and memories, and shows his understanding and interpretation of his life experience and the world that surrounds him. He has lived in Canada since 1999, but his time spent growing up in his native China has been an important influence on his artwork. He has painted portraits of his family members at different ages as well as different locations in China that he remembers from his past.
All the figures that he creates on canvas are himself in a way; they reflect his cultural upbringing, personal feelings, and experiences. He thinks of them as characters in a drama, and the canvas as a stage. Chong’s work is a response to the imbalance between his inside feelings and the outside world. He fuses classical concepts and traditional techniques into his work using his own exaggerated figures. These figures reflect the history of western oil painting techniques but also show contemporary themes of eastern culture.