The work of Beijing-raised artist Jeffrey Chong Wang is imbued with reflection on the painter’s culture and nods to art history. These rich oil paintings move between the surreal and more realistic narrative. The work has lived in Canada since 1999, but cites those years in China as integral to his work.
Matthew Ivan Cherry, a Boston-based painter, creates oil portraits that ooze with vulnerability and a erratic, yet cohesive style. He uses his subjects, often met on the streets or on social media, to explore issues of individuality, gender identity, and the inherent beauty of the human form. Certain projects, like “somewhereX,” are tethered to Cherry’s upbringing as a Mormon. The project features enormous portraits of LGBTQ mormons (whether active or inactive), including Cherry himself.