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Tyrus Wong Bio
|Tyrus Wong was born on 25th October 1910 and died on 30th December 2016 aged 106. He was a Chinese-born American artist. He was a painter, animator, calligrapher, muralist, ceramicist, lithographer and kite maker, as well as a set designer and storyboard artist. Wong was one of the most influential and celebrated Asian-American artists of the 20th century.
He was also a film production illustrator, who worked for Disney and Warner Brothers. Wong was as well a muralist for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and a greeting card artist for Hallmark Cards. His most notable was as a lead production illustrator on Disney’s 1942 film Bambi, taking inspiration from Song dynasty art. Wong also served in the art department of many films, either as a set designer or storyboard artist, such as Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Around the World in Eighty Days (1956), Rio Bravo (1959), The Music Man (1962), The Great Race (1962), PT 109 (1963), The Green Berets (1968), and The Wild Bunch (1969), among others.
|Tyrus Wong Birthday||He was born on 25th October 1910 in Taishan, Guangdong, China|
|Tyrus Wong Died||He died on 30th December 2016 (aged 106) in Sunland-Tujunga, California, U.S.|
|Tyrus Wong Cause of Death||Natural causes|
|Tyrus Wong Net Worth||He had an estimated Net Worth of $ 2.1 Million as at the time of his death|
|Tyrus Wong Wife||Ruth Kim (m. 1937–1995; her death)|
|Tyrus Wong Children||Three daughters: Kay (born 1938), Tai-Ling (born 1943), and Kim (born 1949)|
|Tyrus Wong Nationality||American|
|Tyrus Wong Education||Otis College of Art and Design|
|Tyrus Wong Occupation||Painter, animator, calligrapher, muralist, ceramicist, lithographer, set designer, storyboard artist, kite maker|
|Tyrus Wong Google Doodle||On 25th October 2018, Google dedicated a doodle to Tyrus Wong on his 108th Birthday Anniversary. The doodle was inspired by Sophie Diao.|
Tyrus Wong Biography
Tyrus Wong (born Wong Gen Yeo on 25th October 1910) in Taishan, Guangdong, China. At the age of 9 in 1920, Wong and his father immigrated to the United States. The left behind their mother and sister whom they never came into contact again. Wong was initially held at the Angel Island Immigration Station, due to the Chinese Exclusion Act. There he was separated from his father while he waited to be questioned about his identity. At that time most Chinese immigration was prohibited under the Chinese Exclusion Act, Wong and his father had to immigrate illegally under assumed identities as “paper sons” of Chinese American sponsors. After his release from Angel Island, he and his father initially relocated to Sacramento. His father later moved the family to Los Angeles.
As a student at Benjamin Franklin Junior High in Pasadena, Wong’s teachers noticed his artistic ability and he received a summer scholarship at the Otis Art Institute. Wong decided to leave junior high for a full-time scholarship at Otis. Wong’s father survived on a more modest income, and Wong worked as a janitor at Otis. He walked for miles to attend classes. He graduated from Otis in 1930 and began working in Hollywood.
Tyrus Wong Artworks
Wong’s most notable Artworks are Reclining Nude, The dragon mural in L.A. Chinatown and Santa Monica Pier (2002).
Tyrus Wong Bambi
Bambi was a 1942 animation released by Disney Studios. In this Disney classic a young deer named Bambi joins his new friends, a rabbit named Thumper and a skunk named Flower, in exploring his forest home.
Wong is credited for the muted tones of film’s landscapes, which would become the inspiration for Bambi. They were directly influenced by paintings and ceramics from the Song dynasty. Even though it is clear Wong’s work heavily inspired the film, upon its release he was only credited as a background artist. It was only in 2001, when he was named a “Disney Legend” that he received the recognition he felt he deserved as the true lead artist.
Tyrus Wong Wife (Ruth Ng Kim) and Children
Wong met Ruth Ng Kim, a second-generation Chinese American from a farming family in Bakersfield, California, at Dragon’s Den Restaurant in Los Angeles Chinatown, CA, where she was a waitress. They married on 27th June 1937, in Bakersfield, CA.
Ruth Ng Kim worked as the secretary to Y.C. Hong, the first Chinese American immigration lawyer, and then became a homemaker after the birth of their children. The couple had three daughters: Kay (born 1938), Tai-Ling (born 1943), and Kim (born 1949) and two grandsons, Kevin Fong and Jason Fong. Wong’s wife, Ruth Kim Wong, died on 12th January 1995 at the age of 85. Wong died on 30th December 2016, at the age of 106.
Tyrus Wong Google Doodle
On 25th October 2018, Google dedicated a doodle to Tyrus Wong on his 108th Birthday Anniversary. The doodle was inspired by Sophie Diao.
Tyrus Wong Awards
In 2001, Wong was given a Historymakers Award (arts) by the Chinese American Museum and was inducted as a Disney Legend.
In 2015, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the San Diego Asian Film Festival.
Tyrus Wong Legacy
In 2015, filmmaker Pamela Tom wrote and directed a film about Tyrus Wong’s life, entitled Tyrus. The film was produced by Gwen Wynne, Tamara Khalaf, and Pamela Tom. The film went on to win Audience Awards at the 2016 Boston Asian American Film Festival as well as the 2015 Hawaii International Film Festival and the 2015 San Diego Asian Film Festival. The film had its national broadcast on PBS’s American Masters on 8th September 2017.
Tyrus Wong Paintings
- Deer on Cliff (1960s)
- The Cove, 1960s
Tyrus Wong Ceramics
- Winfield Pottery – Tyrus Wong Iris plate.
- Winfield Pottery – Tyrus Wong California Pink HP flower.
Tyrus Wong Movies
- Bambi (1942) – Animation Department. Animation backgrounds.
- Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) – 1. Art Department. Assistant Art Director. 2. Miscellaneous Crew. Technical advisor.
- How to Live Forever (2009) – Documentary about secrets of long life. Himself.
- When the World Breaks (2010) – Documentary. Himself.
- Angel Island Profiles: Tyrus Wong (2011) – Documentary about himself at age 100.
- Tyrus (2015) – Documentary about himself.