Sept. 5, 2019 | Thursday Artist Talk: Fiona Tang, “Drawing Without Fear”

Fiona Tang’s large animal drawings aim to impress with their sheer size.

In her talk, Tang will share her drawing process, including overcoming the initial fear of putting marks on a mural-size blank paper. A prominent technique she uses is trompe l’oeil (meaning “deceives the eye”) to create the illusion that the animals are coming out of the paper.

“Through interacting with these animals, the audience is made aware of the animal’s existence, and I hope to reverse the passive relationship between the viewer and artwork,” says Tang.

Tang will also share about her creative life and how she looks to nature for inspiration.

About the Artist

Fiona Tang is a Vancouver-based artist who completed her BFA at Emily Carr University in May 2014 with a Drawing Major. Tang often works with charcoal, chalk pastel, or acrylic, creating big, expressive, and energetic drawings. She was the winner of Surrey Art Gallery Association’s first Competitive Art Paint-Off earlier this year. Tang has exhibited at the Richmond Art Gallery, Anvil Centre, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Gryphon Musée, Queen's Park Gallery, and Richmond’s City Centre Community Centre.


Sept. 5, 2019


7:30 PM - 9:00 PM




Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Ave. Surrey BC