My name is Carol Kong and I am a visual artist living in Vancouver, BC.
My art is inspired by the quiet interruptions of daily life. The ones where you stop walking just to look at a shadow, or to observe why light is reflecting a certain way, or to try to name a colour. I get excited by the vast beauty in mundane objects and ordinary experiences. My paintings create space to appreciate the small things and moments in life that go unnoticed. I mostly paint directly from life, to engage with the subtleties and slight nuances that emerge only from being intensely present.
I also love to play and experiment with different materials. Alongside oil painting, I am currently exploring sculptural forms and textures in ceramics. I draw from natural and human made objects to create handbuilt vessels. My textile crafts and illustrations are whimsical, and are inspired by animals and the joy of play.
Outside my art practice, I am a Professional Engineer in transportation planning and design, with a focus on public transit. My expression is also influenced by my Chinese-Canadian heritage and journey across Canada. I grew up in Toronto, then found my independence in Calgary and the Canadian Rockies, and have created a home in Vancouver and the Okanagan Valley.
2019 to 2021, Fine Arts Certificate, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
2008 to 2012, Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science, University of Toronto
2022 to present, Active Member, Federation of Canadian Artists
2023 - Oil and Water, Gallery 1710, South Delta Artists' Guild, BC
2023 - Still Life & Floral Exhibition -meritorious selection, Richeson75 International Art Competition
2023 - Scenes of Western Canada Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
2023 - Small Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
2023 - Bloom Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
2023 - Active Member Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC