I have had a paintbrush or pencil in my hand from a very young age, and a gift of being able to transmit my ideas onto paper or canvas. I have also been blessed with having excellent teachers and a family that always gave me enormous
encouragement to pursue my vision of becoming an artist. My technical ability, imagination and exploration of different mediums have made sure that I am very versatile with my art, in subject and technique.
It was not until I was at least thirty
that I came to understand what painting really means for me. By then I had become familiar with the works of Otto Dix, Lucian Freud and above all the Dutch, Flemish and Italian artists of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
knew that painting could achieve something that no camera could ever achieve, that for me art was to be a means by which a new world could be revealed, a world seen only within my mind.
Gradually I started to comment in my own way on the beauties
and follies surrounding me.
Born and raised in London, England Andrew Tong graduated from Reigate School of Art with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration in 1986.|
During 20 years experience as a freelance artist Andrew has worked on private commission pieces for clients in portraiture, fantasy, illustrative, gallery showings and more recently in the field of decorative art as a project manager. Presently Andrew is pursuing a direction in Fine Arts.
1984 - 1986 Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration, Reigate School of Art and Design, London |
1982 - 1984 A-Level in Graphic Design, County Secondary School, Warlingham, England
2011 Modern Times, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver|
2009 So It Goes, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2010 Winter, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver|
2009 Andrew Tong Illustrations & Drawings, Elliott Louis Gallery
2008 One Flew West : Old Landmarks, New Topographies, Gallery Gachet
2008 The Cheaper Show No. 8, Storyeum
2001-2002 Blood Alley Shows at Blake’s
2001 Group show “Imitation and Effigy”, Glass Onion Gallery
2001 Group show “Divine Servitude”, Gallery Gachet
2000 Group show, Gastown Gallery
1998 Federation of Canadian Artists Portrait Show
1997 Stoltman Wilderness Show
1997 Vermasage Show
1997 Exhibited Military Paintings, Bennets Gallery
1994-1996 Port Moody Arts Association
2009 Houseofscratch.com – Feature, August |
2009 Sideroom.com – Feature, July
2009 Artistaday.com – Feature, June
2009 Juxtapoz.com – Feature, June
2009 Preview - The Gallery Guide: cover and article, April/May
2009 Milenio – Periodico de Vancouver: interview, March/April
2009 Lifestyle Magazine: article about solo show “So It Goes”, No.2,
2008 The Province: article about The Cheaper Show No.8, June 19
2001 Westender: Review of group show at Glass Onion