One of the most artistic centenarians that ever lived was Tyrus Wong.
He was an immensely talented Chinese-born American artist. Apart from being a painter, he was also an animator, calligrapher, muralist, ceramicist, lithographer and kite maker, as well as a set designer and storyboard artist. He was one of the most influential and celebrated Asian-American artists of the 20th century. Moreover, he also worked as a film production illustrator for Disney and Warner Brothers.
His paintings and artistic illustrations are something that we even admire today. And the very famous character ‘Bambi’ was a result of his immense vivid imagination.
However, there are several other famous artworks made by him, that are just as mesmerizing as Bambi.
Here are some of the best paintings made by Tyrus Wong:
Paintings carry different meanings for different individuals. To me I think this kid seems to be content lost in her own world of imagination and happiness.
This is one of the most famous work of Tyrus. This painting is called ‘The reclining nude’. This images depicts how woman is comfortable in her own skin even with all the imperfections. She is happy in her own space.
I see it as a beautiful portrayal of fading forests, endangered species, and everything moving towards no man’s land.
Is that a sandstorm in he woods and a lost animal amidst it? I am confused. Too deep eh?
Is that an imaginary beauty or something that has been untouched or unseen by selfish eyes of humans?
The red color surely depicts blood relations and with only family pictures shows there is nothing you’d need when you have the strength of a family.
Are these some words from Chinese language? Unfinished words, chaos, many possibilities.
This is right out of one of the lucid dreams I keep having.
Energy! That is how this image decodes for me. This is the magic of sunlight.
Water and greenery, this is all that makes the entire planet livable.
The freshness that flowers emit can brighten anyone’s day.
The perfect portrayal of raindrops quenching the thirst of the forest floor.
No matter how small you are, you will find things that are just made for you.
The fire destroying the abode of animals while they sulk from a distance.
A deer, somehow trying to outrun the fire and save one’s life. Or the outrage of the deer as his loved ones being preyed by the king of the jungle.
When you have to be attentive even when you are eating. That’s the life of animals in the wild.
The Dragon which conquers the evil.
A perfect morning in the forest where sun rays are kissing the green leaves.
Koala looking right at you. Maybe he is amazed to see another kind of a specie for the first time.
The mist fades away the view and makes the forest look so mysterious.
Deers running away when chased by a predator. An everyday task.
The evening sky slowly turns emerald and it’s time to go home.
A lonely bird finds a lonely tree to give him company.
The majestic stags overlooking their territory.
For a child, any place can become a playground.
The big green tree in all its glory.
The pastels and hues of red which shows how the forest bleeds because of urbanization.
A deer when he finally approaches the river after thirst of the entire day.
This image reminds me of Samurai Jack. What does it mean for you?
Even the water shimmers as it glides over the smooth rocky riverbed of stones.
Aren’t these paintings surreal? I bet they are because I just can’t take my eyes off them. And I still wonder what was the thought process of Tyrus Wong, when he meticulously made these masterpieces. Because no matter how hard you try, only the artist can tell you what he felt while drawing. Even then, I have tried my best to project what I felt by putting my thoughts as their caption because I don’t know the real titles of these paintings.
But one thing is for sure, it must have taken a lot of effort from Wong to complete each painting. And just so you know, he continued his work till he died at the age of 106.