Art Exhibition by Winnie Wong and Prabin Badhia Artists Reception: February 23, 3pm - 5pm
On display: January 6 - March 14, 2020
This show is a collaborative artwork by a seasoned Bay Area figurative painter Prabin Badhia and an emerging realist painter Winnie Wong who has recently returned from her academic fine art study in Florence Italy. These two artists have distinctive styles of figurative art in a representative non-narrative genre. Their work is about seeing. It is about how they perceive their subjects; they have also investigate how viewers perceive their paintings. The act of seeing the visible world. We can peek into the inner world of the painted objects.
Prabin Badhia: In “Be Seen”, bold brush strokes and vivid color create movement and expression to capture the character in a moment in time. The gaze demands eye contact. In this feature portrait, a pair of eyes express intense temper - warning the ‘facetimer’ that they “face time”.
Winnie Wong: It is natural for me to paint what I see; I also like to paint my reception of the world. I thrive to depict cheerful yet provocative images. My painting method is straightforward, naturalistic, and classically influenced. “Be Seen” is about myself to be seen; my audience is being seen by my painting. A painting is a reflection of my inside world. I painted a pair of eyes gazing back at viewers — you are being seen by the painter’s eye. I want my painting to act as a vehicle for connecting viewers into the inner world of themselves. Portraits of eyes - people in my paintings have strong emotions — reflecting from their eyes. Seeing is pleasurable. I hope my viewers can sense emotions from my artwork.
Then viewers would think — am I being look at? What is power? What is the woman in the painting trying to express? Is it a self-reflection? Winnie invites viewers to look and think.
Prabin Badhia At this point in my practice, I am involved in creating art that has subjects which are entangled with my current thoughts, energy, and time. I approach my piece with no regard for any pre-condition. Sometimes I have a lot of things to tell, in limited time, or I have little to say, with plenty of time. I enjoy the structure, the muscles, and movement, bending, twisting, and turning of the body forms.
My subject has always been primarily the human form. My figures are not historically based nor do they have a social context. They are purely form; they are without telling of where they are from and why there are there, and when they are. The ideology behind this is neither constructive nor destructive. It’s just as it is.
Winnie Wong Winnie L Wong came to the United States in 1984 from Hong Kong; she lives in Oakland. She is a visual artist graduated from CalArts in 1987. To fulfill her dream to become a professional artist, she completed a 3 years intensive classical art program at Angel Art Academy in Florence, Italy, where she learned Baroque and French academic methods. Her paintings show a profound understanding of light and shade, form, composition, and color. She specializes in still-life, portraiture, figurative painting.
She is influenced by the new aesthetic movement - American Renaissance for the Twenty-first Century (ART), she strives for rediscovering beauty and tranquility with technical competence, and to rediscover the poetry of classical realism in the 21 century. She admires many contemporary realist artists, such as, Antonio Lopez Garcia, Henk Helmantel, Leng Jun, and contemporary American painters: Daniel Sprick, Jermery Lipking, and David Kassan, to name a few.
Her paintings are in private collections. She has been teaching drawing and painting at her Oakland studio since 2017. She is also teaching drawing and painting at 4th Street Fine Art.