Having completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1984 at the Beijing Central Fine Arts Institute with a major in Woodcuts, Hong Tong’s practice has evolved considerably over time, but has remained aligned with the fundamentals of her undergraduate training.
Since having made the transition to Australian life, Hong has completed an Associate Diploma in Visual Arts at the University of New South Wales as well as a Masters of Studio Arts at the University of Sydney’s College of Fine Arts, continually experimenting in the painting medium.
In recent years, her work has become increasingly inspired by her adopted home of Australia, and particularly by the environmental influences of her Sydney surrounds, with elemental and natural themes repeatedly coming to the fore in her work.
The Wind Change series, a selection of which is presented at Immersion Therapy, not only captures the intangible, atmospheric essence of the elemental force, but also
illustrates the hallmark of Hong’s graphic style; created by her unique and methodical approach to line. Applying paint to surfaces using only a palette knife, Hong’s manages to replicate by hand the precision and effect of woodblock printing, whose origins can be traced to China, whilst also moving beyond its technical constraints.
Wind Changes at Immersion Therapy marks Hong’s first exhibition in Melbourne, following on from shows throughout Sydney, including recent shows at the Newington Armory Gallery and Tap Gallery.