Chancellor Milton Wong and Fei Wong Portrait - Unveiling
Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia



Andrew Petter, President & Vice-Chancellor,
Simon Fraser Univeristy and
Fei Wong, Philanthropist

at the unveiling March 1, 2013

David Goatley and Fei Wong

(unveiling photos courtesy of Greg Ehlers)


Commissioned by Simon Fraser University and unveiled at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre March 1, this project was complex but very rewarding emotionally.

When David was commissioned to paint this piece, Milton had already lost his fight with cancer so he combed through hundreds of generously shared family photos. David chose an image of a body position which suited the composition he had begun to envision, along with a head and shoulders photo that, of all those available, seems to best exemplify Milton’s intelligence, warmth and good humour – it happened to be one of Fei’s favourites as well.

 

“Notable community leaders and philanthropists, Fei and Milton Wong were wonderful subjects to paint. I am a fortunate man to be given such special opportunities to honor those who give so much of themselves.”


Fei’s likeness, and the carpet in the background, is based upon several images from a photo session David completed in the Milton’s Vancouver home. Another photo shoot used body doubles to provide additional information for the pose.

The unveiling was held at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.



 

 

 

 

Chancellor Milton Wong and Fei Wong