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 Tyrus Yu Wong  (1910 - )

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Lived/Active: California / China      Known for: landscape painting, illustration, etching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
This Chinese-born artist is a painter, lithographer, and designer who studied at Otis Art Institute.  A production illustrator in the film industry, Wong has worked for such studios as Disney and Warner Bros.  He was also one of the first fine artists to apply his talent to the designing of Christmas cards.

Tyrus Wong and his father immigrated to the United States from China when he was 9 years old. When he attended Benjamin Franklin Junior High in Pasadena, his teachers noticed Wong's artistic ability and arranged for a summer scholarship at the Otis Art Institute.  Wong was hooked and decided to leave junior high for a full time studentship at Otis.  Since his family was poor, he worked as a janitor at this school and walked for miles just to attend classes. It paid off as Tyrus Wong had a lucrative career as an artist in Hollywood.

He has done everything from working as a greeting card designer to Warner Brothers film production illustrator (1942-1968), from drawing set designs and storyboard for several movies to being a Disney inspirational sketch artist (1938-1941). It was his lush pastels that served as inspiration for Bambi (1942).


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Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
Illustrator, painter, lithographer, etcher. Born in Canton, China on Oct. 25, 1910.

Wong immigrated to Los Angeles in 1921. He studied at Otis Art Institute and worked in the art departments of Warner Brothers and Walt Disney Studios from 1937.

He is currently a resident of Sunland, CA. He is the nephew of artist Chee Chin S. Cheung Lee. Member: LAAA; Calif. WC Society; American WC Society

Exh: Calif.-Pacific Int Expo (San Diego), 1935; NY World's Fair, 1939; PAFA, 1948-52; LACMA, 1954, 1955 (awards). In: Honolulu Academy of FA; Santa Barbara Museum; LACMA. WWAA 1953-62; lnvw.
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:
This Chinese-born artist is a painter, lithographer, and designer who studied at Otis Art Institute.  A production illustrator in the film industry, Wong has worked for such studios as Disney and Warner Bros.  He was also one of the first fine artists to apply his talent to the designing of Christmas cards.

He lives in Sunland, in the eastern San Fernando Valley.

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