Wong's "Portrait of Bill McWhorter in Convertible with Boy and
Dog", 1975, acrylic on canvas was donated to Humboldt State
University in the fall of 1999.
Wong was born on Portland, Oregon. Wong came to Humboldt County in
1964 to attend HSU and study ceramics. He graduated from HSU in 1968
and stayed in the area through 14 years, becoming a significant contributor
to the vibrant Humboldt arts scene.
his move to New York City, his career soared and he gained national
recognition as an artist. His work has been included in a number
of collections, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum
of American Art and the Bronze Museum of Art in New York City.
His artworks have been reviewed in the New York Times, ART News,
Jones, Art Forum, Art in America, Details, and the International
Art Arena. Mr. Wong lived in the Eureka area from 1964 to 1978
and had numerous local friends. He passed away in August of 1999,
the age of 53.
Wong currently has art at the P.P.O.W.
Gallery in New York;
as well as other images can be read and seen here.
Wong Fie, formed an organization in honor of her son. Two annual
scholarships have been created: a $1,000 scholarship for painting
students and a $500 scholarship for ceramic students. The new
Martin Wong Scholarship offers opportunity to ensure that Martin's
will continue to impact students of painting and ceramics for
years to come.