In the latest of our interview series with queer artists, Loverboyâ€™s Corinna Tomrley talks with Quango Leung who has an exhibition of his work coming up this month in Soho, London.
What inspires you to create a work of art?
MyÂ moodÂ determines what I draw and paint. ItÂ couldÂ be triggered by music or a film.Â Anything can set the scene and then I just follow what is inÂ myÂ head,
Who or what are your influences?
MyÂ mainÂ influencesÂ are Picasso,Â FrancisÂ Bacon, Jean-MichelÂ Basquiat, FranciscoÂ Goya,Â Henry Matisse and Egon Schiele.
Do you identify as a queer artist?
No, I identifyÂ myself asÂ anÂ artist that happens to be queer and like cock.
What is queer art to you?
If I wasÂ toÂ categoriseÂ â€˜Queer Artâ€™ I would say it is art based on the gay,Â fetishÂ scene and CandyÂ CandyÂ Japanese cartoon artwork.
Who are some of yourÂ favouriteÂ artists?
Picasso,Â FrancisÂ Bacon, Jean-MichaelÂ Basquiat, FranciscoÂ Goya,Â Henry Matisse and Egon Schiele.Â But there are lesser known artists and street artists that inspire me. Art is subjective and very personal. What one person sees and creates as art other people will not understand. Artists often fall into boxes which I don’t want to do. Art is about conveying a message and/or image that the artist wants to share. If they like it and get it, that is great. If they don’t like it then it creates conversations and discussions which fuel new artwork.
Are there any mediums you havenâ€™t worked in yet that youâ€™d like to try?
I have worked with pencil,Â charcoal, oil andÂ pastelÂ but yet to tryÂ watercolor. However,Â currently, a lot of my work is done is pastel (soft and oil)
Whatâ€™s are you working on right now?
I have just completed a series of pastel and acrylic pieces based onÂ myÂ observations on life, my anxieties and the world around me. I have a soloÂ exhibitionÂ coming up in Soho entitled ToplessÂ where I am exhibitingÂ piecesÂ which are based onÂ myÂ ownÂ assessment ofÂ vulnerabilities and insecurities.
Whatâ€™s next for you?
I follow my head and heart. Nothing is ever planned.Â SomethingÂ will trigger aÂ focusÂ andÂ will spur me on toÂ create artwork based on what I am seeing in my life, the news and the world.Â ItÂ could be oil based, pastel, charcoalÂ or a collage. My artworkÂ isÂ notÂ constrained.Â I will see howÂ myÂ ToplessexhibitionÂ works out. Feedback on this will scope