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Intense Illustration by Victo Ngai

No one likes breaking promises to themselves, least of all me, but life’s been a bit of a spanner lately, and my blog has suffered.  In early June I got in touch with the lovely Victo Ngai, to ask if I could feature her artwork on my blog. She graciously agreed, and that was, unfortunately, as far as I got with it. Today is as good a time as any to make up for my broken promise, and Victo’s illustrations are a beautiful way to start.

Victo (real name Ngai Chuen Ching), is originally from Hong Kong and is now based in New York. Her client list includes the likes of Sundance Film Festival, Hong Kong Magazine, The New York Times and The New Yorker, to name just a few. The genius combination of Victo’s Chinese block print-like style and the everyday scenes with a hint of fantasy, give the impression of a still from an animated film. Each illustration is as intricately detailed as the last, and always just as visually interesting, whatever the subject matter. Victo has a knack for employing a combination of free flowing lines and multiple viewpoints that can hold the attention of the viewer and leads the eye to the various points of interest.

Sweet Dreams, 13″X19″, 100% cotton Hahnemühle Museum Etching paper with archival ink, Fine art print

I first came across Victo’s work on in December 2012, the print featured was Sweet Dreams, shown above. The intimacy and detail really captured my attention, and I am still extremely impressed with the skill which which she has depicted the layers of shower curtain and steam. This was an illustration for a short story by Peter Stamm. You can read more about it, including the passage that inspired the artwork here, as well as the passage from “The Casserole”, by Thomas McGuane, that inspired the image below here, and the exert from “Mayfly” by Kevin Canty here. All three illustrations  were for the New Yorker.

Casserole, 13″X19″, 100% cotton Hahnemühle Museum Etching paper with archival ink, Fine art print

Mayfly, 13″X19″, 100% cotton Hahnemühle Museum Etching paper with archival ink, Fine art print

Victo has an excellent website where you can view her portfolio, read her blog, or buy prints. All of the images below can be found here.

Pounded by Hurricane Sandy, op-ed the New York Times, 29 October 2012

Ink Reader

As mentioned, all images link directly back to Victo’s website. You can read all about her art on her tumblr feed here, follow her in Facebook here and buy prints here. I’d like to say Thank-you to Victo for allowing me to use her images.


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This entry was posted on August 9, 2013 by in Art, Curatorial Practice, Drawing, illustration, Painting, Print, Sketching, Uncategorized and tagged , , , .
Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, a research and curatorial project that explored various forms of sustainable practice. As a freelance curator she has worked with the Riverdale Hub, Myseum of Totonto/Art Spin and was the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto from 2014 to 2017. She has also co-curated exhibitions including JAYU's iAM photography project (2016 & 2017), Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014), and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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