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Jason Wing

Jason Wing is a Sydney-based artist who strongly identifies with his Chinese and Aboriginal heritage. 

Jason Wing (Biripi people) began as a street artist and has since expanded his practice to incorporate photomedia, installation and painting. Influenced by his bi-cultural upbringing, Wing explores the ongoing challenges that impact his wider community.

Calling into question our understanding of history and of our current socio-political reality, Wing repurposes everyday objects and imagery, creating works that are both visually confronting and deceptively simple. 

At 4pm on Saturday 30 March, Wing will unveil a new mural at Ewen Park in Hurlstone Park, NSW as part of the 2019 Wurridjal Festival, which celebrates the Cooks River. Wing is currently showing as part of touring exhibition Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial now at Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo NSW until 5 May 2019; his solo exhibition What Binds Us.... opens at Manning Regional Gallery on 7 June 2019 and he is also part of upcoming exhibition Mine at MONA, Tasmania 8 June 2019 - 13 April 2020. 

Significant solo exhibitions include: The Presence of Absence, The Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie, 2018; People of Substance, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Virginia, USA, 2012; Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Gymea, 2011; Tree Change, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne, 2012; and The Other Other, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, 2011. 

Selected group exhibitions include: Wondermountain, Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains, 2014; The Native Institute, Blacktown Arts Centre, Blacktown, 2013; Making Change, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 2012; Cold Eels and Distant Thoughts, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2012; Bungaree: The First Australian, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman, 2012; Look Closely Now, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW, 2012; and Made in China Australia, Salamanca Art Centre, Hobart, 2012. 

In 2012 he won the Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize for his provocative work Australia was Stolen by Armed Robbery

Wing’s work is held in both private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Artbank, Sydney; Blacktown Council, Blacktown, NSW; and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Virginia, USA.

He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Graphic Design, Sydney Graphics College. 

In this video, Wing chats to NAVA about the focus of his practice and the importance of arts funding on the ground.

Production: Dominic Kirkwood

Photo: Tanja Bruckner