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Item Name: Print
Title: Anahata Chakra
Maker: Anna Wong
Year: 1967
Country: Canadian
Materials: etching printed relief
Measurements: in frame: 74.3 cm x 97.8 cm; overall: 53.3 cm x 80 cm
ID Number: ART 067
Legal Status: ART RENTAL

Extended Label Info: Anna Wong was one of Vancouver’s most accomplished printmakers. A top graduate in 1966 from the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art and Design), Wong won international awards and taught at the prestigious Pratt Graphics Centre in New York City for almost two decades before returning to Vancouver. In developing her abstracted subject matter, she often incorporated elements of traditional Chinese calligraphy. She also drew inspiration from textiles, an influence from her early experiences working in her family’s tailor business. In her later works, Wong also used family photos and keepsakes, suggesting family and identity are significant themes in her work. This print was made early in her career. It combines etching with relief printing to build layers of colour and pattern suggestive of a floral textile. The title “Anhata Chakra” is a term used in a variety of eastern meditation practices, and refers to the “heart Chakra”. The fourth of seven energy points in the body, the heart Chakra is considered the bridge between the upper and lower Chakras, and is associated with love, compassion and joy. Anna Chek Ying Wong (1930 – 2013) Canadian artist, master printmaker and educator, Anna Wong was the eldest in a large family. Growing up, she worked at her family’s tailoring business in the Chinatown district of Vancouver. In 1957 Wong travelled to Hong Kong to study Chinese brush painting for one year with notable artist Chao Shao-an of the Lingnan School, which is known for its bold use of colour. Returning to Canada, Wong then studied at Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art and Design), earning her BFA in Printmaking (1966). In 1967, she moved to New York City to study at the Pratt Graphics Center (then part of Pratt Institute), and earned her MFA. Hired by Pratt, Wong taught as a Professor in Studio Arts until her retirement in 1984, when she returned to Canada. Throughout her career, Wong earned international acclaim at numerous print competitions, and was featured in a solo exhibition at the National Art Gallery of China in Beijing in 1979. Wong also represented Canada at the Republic of China International Print Exhibition in 1984, at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan. Her work is held in public and private collections across Canada and internationally.