Painter Brent Wong gained prominence in the early 1970s, for his surrealist paintings of the New Zealand landscape, demonstrating an accomplished technical ability in his depiction of elemental landscapes inhabited by fragments of colonial building and floating architectural structures. 

Wong studied at the Wellington Polytechnic College and throughout the early 1960s worked through a range of influences, including Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Joseph Turner. From 1967 he was influenced by American realist Andrew Wyeth painting interior scenes that evolved into the cinematic, surrealist landscapes of the 1970s.  

Wong’s imagery since the 1980s has become more succinct, but has maintained its sublime and hallucinogenic vision of the land, inviting comparison with the desolate Otago landscapes of Grahame Sydney and silent, urban environments of Peter Siddell. 

Wong has works in the collection of the Auckland Art Gallery and the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa.    


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