The Easel

17th May 2022

Matthew Wong’s life in light and shadow

Wong, a Canadian artist, died young after an art career marked by “a furious outpouring” of work and disrupted by mental illness. His artistic development was lived out on social media and reveals how he came to make works of “astonishing lyricism, melancholy, whimsy, intelligence, and, perhaps most important, sincerity”.  He was, says one critic, “a genius from nowhere.” A shorter piece focused on a current exhibition is here.