Shades of Blue

Matthew Wong, A Dream

Matthew Wong, A Dream, Oil on canvas

Matthew Wong, A Dream, 2019. Oil on canvas, 177.8 x 203.2 cm. © 2019 Matthew Wong Foundation

“I do believe that there is an inherent loneliness or melancholy to much of contemporary life... I feel my work speaks to this quality, in addition to being a reflection of my thoughts, fascinations and impulses.” – Matthew Wong

Matthew Wong (1984-2019) was a Toronto-born, Chinese-Canadian artist. Wong graduated with a Master’s degree in creative media from Hong Kong University in 2012, and started teaching himself about painting in 2013. The works in his Blue Series invite viewers into a world of imaginary nocturnal landscapes, brooding interiors and vibrant still life compositions. Wong’s exploration of the many moods of the colour blue is a reflection of his artistic process, in which he spent lots of time looking inward. As a result, his paintings and gouaches express wonder and melancholy.

Influenced by a range of artistic styles – from Chinese calligraphy and scroll painting to Pointillism and Fauvism – Wong’s reflective and meditative pieces become increasingly rewarding through the viewer’s patience and careful close looking.

The Matthew Wong: Blue View exhibition is on view until April 18, 2022.


Whether landscape or interior space, many of Matthew Wong’s paintings are set in calm, quiet and reflective spaces. Can you think of a space, imaginary or real, with a similar effect? What does it look like? If you were to imagine, draw or paint it, what colour(s) would you use? How do different colours change the feeling of the space?

Draw (or colour) your favourite space.

  1. If you have access to a printer, print the activity card and colour in the line drawing.
  2. If you do not have access to a printer, explore your reflective spaces, using pen, pencil and a blank piece of paper.

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