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Tyrus Wong 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.
Tyrus Wong Date of Birth: 25 October 1910, Taishan, Guangdong, Jiangmen, China
Died: 30 December 2016, Tujunga, California, United States
Artworks: Reclining Nude, The dragon mural in L.A. Chinatown, MORE
Tyrus Wong Wife: Ruth Ng Kim (m. 1937–1995)
Children: Tai-Ling Wong, Kay Fong, Kim Wong
Tyrus Wang has never been a household name but his work is legendary.
A new film on PBS’s American master series a light on Wong’s life that was full of both great beauty and harrowing struggles.
The film Tyrus was directed by Pamela Tom who first learned of the artist who emigrated from Guangdong China at the age of 9.
After watching the animated Disney classic Bambi.
At the end of the film, I discovered that there was this artist of Chinese descent he was responsible for creating the look of the film and that his name was tiresome Wang.
and my first flat was white wait a minute there was a Chinese artist working in the 1930s in Hollywood at Disney.
What Tom unveiled was how much of a lasting impact Tyrus Wong had on the film
and it all started because Wong hated his entry-level art job at Disney.
So he had a unique idea.
Bambi was in pre-production so he got the book I mean this is how resourceful Tyrus was.
He picked up the book took it home read it and drew some tiny little sketches of deer in the forest and brought it back to work and showed it to the art director
As soon as Walt Disney saw them he said this is the look.
But what was so unique about Bambi is that Tyrus brought his eastern influences to the art to the film and so he was influenced by Sun Dynasty painting and you know it was great because Tyrus was primarily a landscape painter and look at Bambi it all takes place in the forest.
Wong went on to work at several movie studios as a live action artist on hundreds of movies including the sands of Iwo Jima gypsy and rebel without a cause.
Even with his successes came incredible challenges.
Hollywood and animation particular was very much an old boys club.
It’s not a pretty picture but it’s one that reflects the attitudes there you are.
But the always resilient and focused Huayra strong didn’t let racism or anything else stop him from paving the way as a courageous pioneer.
Like the first I mean think about it’s hard enough for to be a minority an asian-american in Hollywood can you imagine in the 1930s I can’t I can’t
There will never be another tire strong.
After a lifetime of pursuing his passion as an artist Tyrus Wong passed away in December of 2016 at the age of 106 Meili CGT n Los Angeles.