Wilson Ong

BIOGRAPHY

ong 0022 Pastoral Farm

Coeur d' Alene, ID

Wilson grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and went to Brigham Young University, receiving a B.F.A in painting and drawing. He furthered his studies at the Art Students’ League in New York City, NY, studying with nationally renowned figurative artists Ted Seth Jacobs and Harvey Dinnerstein.

 He has sold his work professionally as an artist and illustrator since 1983. He has had exhibits and works shown at the Art Students’ League; O’Brien’s Art Emporium (Scottsdale, AZ); Springville Museum of Art (Springville, UT); Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH); Cottage Gallery (Carmel, CA); Francesca Anderson Fine Art (Lexington, MA); Center for Maine Contemporary Art (Camden, ME); West End Gallery (Corning, NY)–to name several.

In addition to his professional art, Wilson was a full-time art instructor and department chair for nine years at the Waterford School in Sandy, UT. His students garnered numerous national and in-state awards during that time. He presently resides with his family in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho pursuing his art full-time. When time allows, Wilson teaches workshops for various sized groups.

Artist Statement

“I have always enjoyed looking at the figure since I first remember drawing seriously in First Grade. With time that interest has been balanced by other subjects, but the human form is still the most attractive genre for me to paint. I’ve enjoyed oil painting as my primary medium, because I find it so versatile. This medium allows me to be spontaneous and calculated depending on the nature of what I am painting. Overall, I think painting is a privilege.”