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EPN Member Spotlight: Sheena Wong Shue

Written by Magdaline Delany, 5 years ago, 0 Comments

Sheena Wongshue

Sheena Wong Shue is an American Contemporary artist of Jamaican-Chinese heritage born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in South Florida. She currently works in Brooklyn, New York using varied materials (including acrylic paint, paper, varnishes, and spray paint) to subversively depict various iconic pop culture characters and logos. As a former cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point she subsequently graduated with a Civil Engineering degree from Howard University.

Sheena is a third-generation artist of the Wong Shue family. She cites her artistic origins first from her grandfather who was a professional photographer in Jamaica, West Indies and currently from her uncle who is a fine artist based in Los Angeles, California. Sheena has demonstrated a passion for art at a very young age. Her first gig was at age 11, where she was hired to paint a 10 foot store front wall mural. Sheena names artists Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Takashi Murakami, Ron English and KAWS as her major influences.

Sheena proclaims the color gold to be her favorite color and as an inspirational medium for her work. According to Sheena, the color gold symbolizes success, wealth, and enlightenment. Gold, at its highest level inspires knowledge, spirituality and a deep understanding of the self and the soul. She primarily uses acrylic paint at its maximum opacity to promote vibrancy throughout her paintings. Line quality and consistency also play a major role in her art. She uses multiple colors, color combinations, lines and patterns. She also enjoys recreating cartoons, comics, logos and illustrations to encourage the emotion of happiness. Along with having an engineering degree, attending a post-secondary military school and having employment experience in banking, Sheena chose to follow her heart to pursue art professionally. She plans on expanding her talents as a versatile artist working with music, film, and fashion projects in the near future so stay tuned!

“Follow your heart and everything will fall into place according to God’s plan.” - Sheena Wong Shue

Instagram: @sheenawongshue