Phang Gung Fook, Abigail

Bio

Phang Gung Fook lives and works in London. Upon leaving school she trained as a textile designer and set up her own practice working in the American home furnishings industry. Phang Gung Fook took a career break as a stay at home mother and retrained as a fine art painter graduating from City and Guilds Art School in 2017. Her training as a textile designer remains a strong influence on her paintings, in not only what she looks at, but also how she physically produces a painting. Her love of pattern, fabric and floral representation continues to resonate. The brilliant vivid colours in her work are a mask for her to hide her emotions. The dripping paint adds to the sense of immediacy, disorder, chaos and sadness.

The narrative of love and loss underpins Phang Gung Fook’s practice. Her work describes intimacy and emotion. Her work is very personal. It is about her observations, events that have happened and the effects and consequences of her decisions. Phang Gung Fook’s paintings are often cryptic and the story is not always obvious to the viewer, but the underlying message is the everyday, stories and experiences we can all relate to. Dogs are a significant feature of Phang Gung Fook’s work, the message is ambiguous, she uses dogs as a metaphor for the people they represent. Her work describes the multiplicity of her family life.

Awards

  • 2018 MA and Other Postgraduate Exhibition-selected, I Am Not Perfect When I'm Doing the Laundry
  • 2018 The Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize-Short listed, I Am Not Perfect When I feel a Little Wobbly
  • 2018 The Collyer Bristow Exceptional Graduate Award-Short listed, Holding On & Squashed
  • 2019 Young Talent Purchase Prize- Short listed, I Think About You
  • 2019 The Bridgeman Studio Award- Short listed, Artworks x 5

Exhibitions

  • 2018 Art Women and the Evolution, London
  • 2018 A Young Boy's Journey, London
  • 2018 Communication, Suffolk UK
  • 2018 The Visible Light, London
  • 2019 Jane Griffiths Gallery Presents works by Abigail Phang Gung Fook, Val d'Isere France
  • 2020 Ferens Art Gallery Open Exhibition, Hull-UK
  • 2020 Group Show- Bleur Art Feb 26/27, London
  • 2020 Works on show 2020- Jane Griffiths Gallery, Val d'Isere France
  • 2020 Back to Basics Residency Program, Finland

Education

  • 1987 BA HONS Printed Textiles, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2017 MA Fine Art, City & Guilds Art Schoo;

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