My early black and white infrared photographs and mixed media artworks captured the energies and unseen light within environments, structures and the human body.
In recent years, my work involves mastering the ambient illumination of HDR technology, the transformative presence of Reiki Zen meditative music and illustrating the atmospheric beauty of our vast world.
Working with the multiple interpretations of “light”, my pieces also explore the imagined “light” of auras, the “light” of the sun as a life source and the “light” which radiates in spiritual practise.
Often utilizing a three-quarter by one-quarter composition, the quiescent collages are interwoven through generated-line, integrated colour vocabulary and interpretive meaning.
The collages juxtapose iconography (flowers, animals, incense, trees and human beings) with the atmosphere of sacred places. Meditative yogis are installed as a constant reminder to awaken and celebrate our beautiful kinship and spiritual intelligence in the age of intuition.
My subject matter harmonizes the auras of spiritual temples, protected environments and living beings with rhythms of eclectic icons and earth elements.
Not two… My art practice examines this interconnection of oneness by presenting a conversation with words and meditating into the visual art as portal to heightening our spiritual intelligence. My pieces explore, interpret and juxtapose select prose, iconography and landscapes. While spiritual sages conceptualize flowers as enlightened plants, my juxtapositions also question the relationship between these eclectic symbols and earth elements with the auras of spiritual temples, protected environments and living beings. Meditative prayer poses are presented in my pieces as a witnessing presence and reminder to awaken and celebrate our beautiful kinship with the natural world.
Overall, the series invites the viewer to witness our majestic earth anew by remaining present, by quieting their mind and by reflecting upon our human search for being.
Together we can cultivate the flower of understanding and compassion together… All the wonders of life are there. Nourishing peace and joy. - Thich Nhat Hanh
The artworks in the Floral Series are 24" x 16" Photograph on metal, UV lamination and $280.00 each or a set of 9 for $2260.
One People Series
One People captures a few beautiful souls from around the world. The first set focuses on the beings of Southeast Asia, their openness, love of family and their connection to their community.
With patience, respect and passion… Portrait photography allows me the ability to feel their openness, acceptance of the moment and beauty within.
The artworks in the One People Series are from a 2016 trip to Lombok, Indonesia and Hội An, Vietnam. Each piece is 16" x 24", Photograph on metal, UV lamination, $280.00 or complete One People Series 9 images $2,260.00
Andrew Garrett Chong
A fourth-generation Chinese-Canadian, Garrett Andrew Chong was born in Armstrong, BC, in the early 60’s. He graduated with honours (graphic design and fine art photography) from ECUAD (Emily Carr University of Art and Design) in the mid 80’s. The emotional intelligence of visual imaging developed into an instinctive form of expression for him at a young age.
Over the past 35 years, Garrett’s photography and mixed media artworks have evolved through spiritual influences; specifically, sacred teachings, Samatha meditation and Hatha yoga. Each of these practices has contributed to the re-alignment of his imagery. Over the decades, Chong has given back to the community by fundraising and donating to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC), Chinese Cultural Centre, BC Special Olympics and Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House.
He has lived in the lower mainland for over half a century and his studio is located in Railtown, Vancouver, Canada since the late 90’s. When home, Garrett exhibits year-round in FirstSaturday.ca (Artists in their Workspace) as well as the annual Eastside Culture Crawl, and select fine art galleries.