Happy Year of the Rooster! We do hope this makes those early mornings a bit easier.
To celebrate the occasion, she participated in a packed event at the Hong Kong Canton Road Apple Store on January 10th, where she shared some behind the scenes moments and also lead the group in a life drawing session.
She also treated the audience to details from her very first commission: it seems that contraband junk food was highly covetable to a third grade Victo.
Superstar Victo Ngai received a wonderful call from the Society of Illustrators, and we are thrilled to announce that she has won a silver medal – along with having 5 singles and one series admitted. This is a huge accomplishment, yet while it ain’t her first rodeo, she remains humbled by the honor.
I am detracting from how deeply meaningful this year’s accolades were for the artist, however. In Victo’s own words:
“Making art and promoting art have been trivial these couple weeks after the presidential election but this piece of good news from society reminds me that art can be the best tool to bring people together, it’s a universal language that embraces all. I have never felt any adverse effect on my career for being a female minority, and I think I have taken that for granted. The current political climate has been a reality check, it reminds me that it’s very easy to hate and demonize, to thinking the world as “us” vs “ them”, while it takes the best of us to understand and empathize. I have been extremely lucky to be born at this time and be working in an industry and living in cities that’s very accepting. I need to remember that I am able to live the life I live now because of those who fought the battles before me, for me.”
Congratulations, Victo, and thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts with us.
Victo’s contemporary interpretation was embraced by the art director, much to her liking:
“Art director Madeline and I agreed that a modern interpretation that’s more whimsical and less propagandistic was preferable. I believe Four Freedoms remain applicable today. And they are rights that everyone, not just one country or one group of people, deserve. So I decided to go a different route and forgo depicting human altogether. I wasn’t sure if this unorthodox interpretation would fly but Madeline being wonderful as usual, was completely on board with the pitch. Thank you Madeline!”
Take a look at Victo’s blog to see all of the images, and to learn more about this cool project.
It has certainly been a difficult week. We have been bombarded by images and messages of hatred, violence, murder, anger, misunderstanding, and misinformation. It has been exhausting.
There have been multitudinous artistic reactions to these horrifying acts of terrorism, and it is always inspiring to witness creatives reacting to such ugliness by making something beautiful.
I took a moment this morning to come at it from a different direction however. I wanted to see the images in our archives that were tagged with words such as “love” and “peace”. I wanted to feel joyous, to feel warmth, to see vibrant colors – and admittedly a lot of doves.
And I’d like to take this moment to share these images with you.
Victo Ngai’s kinetic lines and bustling scenes were put to tremendous use recently for Franke’s “Make it Wonderful” campaign. As the artist charmingly put it on her blog, “For those of you who have done intoxicated napkin drawings with me at a bar, you might have noticed that my free-hand drawing behaves like wild weeds. It starts at one corner and grow to fill the whole page.”
Images by Victo Ngai:
I’m not sure about you, but I’m still trying to get my idiosyncrasies to work for me.
Thank you to the terrific Chrissy from Gyro for this awesome assignment!
Victo Ngai was recently approached by Peter Norton and his wife, Gwen Hill, to create this year’s holiday card for the annual Peter Norton Family Christmas Art Project. Founded in 1998, this year’s commission was to focus on the couple’s romance, along with the festivities of the season.
“The Sighting, the Search, the Meeting: A Romance” is a beautiful, whimsical story, told sequentially as this year’s holiday greeting.
Image by Victo Ngai:
To be invited to work on this year’s card is quite the honor, as Peter Norton (inventor of Norton Antivirus Software) is one of the world’s leading contemporary art collectors – as well as a board member at both the MoMA and Guggenheim Museum. How incredible and flattering it must be to have caught his eye.
We wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday season, and we’re looking forward to sharing more exciting projects in 2015!
Victo Ngai certainly understands a thing or two about how to generate a lot of buzz. How she manages to keep such an up-to-date and engaging blog in addition to her hefty workload is a bit beyond me, but we are certainly impressed by her multitudinous efforts!
And today, she announced that her Tumblr has surpassed 100,000 followers. WOW.
Attendees of this year’s Spectrum Live event were recently treated to the best in fantastic art, and in addition to all of the optic treats we were delighted to learn that Victo Ngai has received the silver medal for her vibrant celebration of the Chinese New Year for Tiger Beer. Huzzah!
This incredible piece became a virtual wallpaper for Singapore, which your intrepid blogmistress can state as fact after having seen it everywhere throughout her February travels. It certainly captured the spirit and energy of the season!