Hello and welcome to my page, I am a Visual Artist, Mixed/Multi Media, Digital Artist, Photo/Film Artist, Metal/Wood Artist
A fourth-generation Chinese-Canadian, Garrett Andrew Chong graduated with honours from ECUAD (Emily Carr University of Art and Design). The emotional intelligence of visual imaging developed into forms of expression in his early practice, particularly through photography. His recent explorations have evolved through spiritual influences, underscoring an attunement to natural forces. Over the past 35 years, his lens-based artworks have evolved through spiritual influences; specifically, sacred teachings, silent meditation and Hatha yoga. Each of these practices has contributed to the re-alignment of his imagery. Excursions to the ancestral ruins of China inspired him to pursue a spiritual path as an artistic expression. He has journeyed through the ancient civilizations of South East Asia, Peru and Mexico, the historical environments of the European Union, and the natural wonders of America. Over the decades, Chong has given back to the community by fundraising and donating to the Downtown Eastside Woman’s Centre (DEWC), Chinese Cultural Centre, BC Special Olympics and Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House. He has lived in the lower mainland for over half a century and his studio is located in Railtown, Vancouver, Canada since the late 90’s. When home; Garrett exhibits year-round in FirstSaturday.ca (Artists in their Workspace) as well as the annual Eastside Culture Crawl, and select fine art galleries.
Chong, Garrett Andrew
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Samples of my work
My latest series. Liminal Illusions, endeavours to illuminate BC’s forest stewardship through the flow of nature. The pieces witness environmental portals gradually emerging in Gaia. These iridescent thresholds may appear as vibrational apparitions or metaphorical illusions, signposts to the imminent climate crisis. Undertaking these complex issues of environmental stewardship and global conservation, my lens-based imagery experiments with representing physical, emotional and symbolic openings present within liminal spaces in our natural world. Working with the multiple interpretations of “light”, my pieces also explore the imagined “light” of auras, the “light” of the sun as a life source and the “light” which radiates in environmental consciousness. I live and work in the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, a.k.a. Vancouver.