Art Auction 2018 | Tyrus Wong


Wong, Tyrus_Horse Looking Away Wong, Tyrus_Horse Looking Down
Wong, Tyrus_Horse Looking Up Wong, Tyrus_Horse Prancing

Tyrus Wong
Horse Looking Away, Horse Looking Down, Horse Looking Up, Horse Prancing (set of 4)
Lithographs, from the edition of 35, 1948
Sheet sizes: 9 x 11 1/2 and 10 x 13 1/4 inches
Courtesy of Tobey C. Moss Gallery
Value: $1,000
Starting bid: $500
Staff Pick

Born Wong Gen Yeo, Tyrus Wong (1910–2016) entered the United States at the height of the Chinese Exclusion Act and spent a month detained on Angel Island as a mere ten-year old, separated from his father. Surviving dire poverty in Sacramento and Los Angeles, he was recognized as a remarkable natural talent by a junior high teacher and admitted to the Otis Art Institute as its youngest student. He eventually found his way to Walt Disney Productions, becoming the art director responsible for the design of Bambi (1942) and other classics. He worked in Hollywood through the 1960s. Though sadly undervalued and the victim of racial discrimination for most of his life, Wong is now one of the most celebrated Asian-American artists of his time.

Selected exhibitions

Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art Of Tyrus Wong, The Walt Disney Family Museum, 2013-14
Mid-Century Mandarin: The Clay Canvasses of Tyrus Wong, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, 2004
International Exhibition of Contemporary Prints: A Century of Progress, Art Institute of Chicago, 1934

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