Quiet Child Who Never Grew Up: Recent Work by James Ong

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Quiet Child Who Never Grew Up: Recent Work by James Ong

January 15 @ 12:00 pm - February 26 @ 5:00 pm



Manna Gallery is pleased to announce our first exhibition for 2022. In this exhibit, “Quiet Child Who Never Grew Up”, South Bay artist James Ong creates an imaginary world filled with color, textures, shapes, lines, and marks that come alive through his paintings.  Exhibit opens Saturday, January 15 and continues to February 26.

In his “He was a quiet child” series, James paints an imaginary world where he can express himself freely like a child at play. James believes in Eastern Philosophy, especially Zen Buddhism. The concepts of impermanence, mediation, energy flow show up in his paintings.

He is an experimental, abstract painter, focused on process, painting by feeling and intuition. He believes that artists eventually appear in their artworks…sometimes quietly, sometimes loudly.  James does not know what his final painting will look like. It is fluid like his process. When the painting surprises him and makes him really smile it Is done.

James Ong was born in Taiwan and moved to the U.S. when he was five. He was a quiet, curious, and observant child who liked to read.  In college, he studied Engineering and afterwards worked for nine years as a Manufacturing and Testing Engineer. Eventually, James attended the Academy of Art College, getting an MFA in Product Design with a focus on Toy Design. It was in art school that he really learned to see and to create from his imagination. He has created marble toys, construction sets, sculptural blocks, mobiles, and paper sculptures.  He wants to create thought-provoking, memorable experiences for others through art and design.



January 15 @ 12:00 pm
February 26 @ 5:00 pm
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