Donegel' Chong, originally from Malaysia and a Swiss citizen, has been based in Aadorf, Thurgau since 2018. His art career began in 2018, after a serious illness. Since then, Chong's original artworks have already been presented in China, Germany, the UK, Italy, Norway, and Switzerland.
His paintings are also in private collections in Spain and Thailand. While studying at the Catholic Junior College Singapore, Donegel' Chong spontaneously entered an art competition organised by the Ministry of Culture in 1993. It was here that he received his first public recognition with a merit award. In 2019, Donegel' Chong won the first prize for Special Painting at the K:UNST Prize, Blue Harmony ("I want I want not: Wisdom"); and in 2021, his painting "ICON: Cruci-fiction of Bacon" was selected for the London Art Biennale Prize.
Donegel 'Chong does not want to limit himself to what he creates. His artworks are biographical to varying degrees - they are mainly concerned with his preferences: what he likes, what he doesn't like, what he wants and what he doesn't want. Chong calls it "personal reflections of life". Donegel' Chong has developed his very own style of painting, with brushstrokes he calls "kurrrlys" or "emotional release brushstrokes". Since 2018, he has continuously used this technique in varying degrees of intensity. Donegel' Chong is inspired by Francis Bacon and Yayoi Kusama, Cy Twombly and Egon Schiele.
Statement on "Erika's Waggis"
Statement on "Feeding"
Donegel' Chong: "Erika's Waggis Volume 2: Ampa Rai & Baby: Ever After" / Acryl auf Leinwand, 60 x 60 cm, 2019
Donegel' Chong: "Erika's Waggis Volume 2: Rai" / Acryl auf Leinwand, 60 x 30 cm, 2019
Donegel' Chong: "Feeding Air Water" / Acrylic on linen, 100 x 100 cm, 2021
Donegel' Chong: "Feeding - Constance I" / Acryl auf Leinen, 100 x 70 cm, 2020
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