The Cove, by Tyrus Wong, 1960s

Tyrus Wong, Artist
The Cove , 1960s

Gouache on board
27 x 41 1/8 in. (68.6 x 104.5 cm)
Credit Line
Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Ed Glendinning

The lively brushstrokes of The Cove are evidence of Tyrus Wong's early work with calligraphy, which he was encouraged to explore as a child by his father. Wong is a Chinese American artist who was a member of Eleven Associated, an African American co-op gallery in Los Angeles, in the 1950s. He graduated from Otis Art Institute in 1930 and went on to a successful career as a scenic artist in Hollywood. He is renowned for designing all the background scenes for the Disney film Bambi, as well as working at Warner Bros. and Republic Studios.