Dominique Fung is a Canadian contemporary artist widely known for her surrealist paintings. She collects problematic Western depictions of the East and recasts them through her own lens, refiguring art history to give her subjects real agency.
Born in 1987 in Ottawa, Canada, Fung currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Sheridan Institute of Technology and Design, Oakville, ON, Canada. She exhibited in a range of venues, including Nicodim Gallery, LA, California, USA, Taymour Grahne, London, England, UK, Ross + Kramer, New York City, NY, USA, Project Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Schloss Museum Linz, Linz, Austria, Arsenal Contemporary Art, NYC, NY, Alexander Berggruen, NYC, NY, and MAMOTH, London, England, UK.
Luscious, refined and inviting, Fung's work utilizes the imagery of Western art history’s own design and subverts the narrative to present a more genuine view of identity. Instead of using a completely different language to move away from problematic depictions of the East, she is interested in using it to negotiate with the past. The figures, bodies and objects in her paintings take up space when often, in society, East Asian women’s bodies are barred from sexuality and taking up space. She also often uses humor and the uncanny as a mechanism to draw the viewer into the painting.
Featured image: Dominique Fung - Handbell, 2020
(detail). Oil on canvas. 54 × 60 in. 137.2 × 152.4 cm. Photo courtesy Miles