Google’s doodle today celebrates the 108th birthday of Tyrus Wong, an Asian-American artist born in China who is known for some of the best-known images of American pop culture. As one of the most influential and celebrated Asian-American artists of the 20th century, Wong is best remembered for his work on ‘Bambi’, a 1942 Disney film in which he was the lead illustrator of the production. Tyrus Wong was inspired by the classical Chinese paintings of the Song dynasty.
Tyrus Wong was born Wong Gen Yeo, in a village in Guangdong Province, southern China, on October 25, 1910. When he was 10 years old, Tyrus and his father traveled to the United States and lived in Sacramento, before settling in Los Angeles. Angels .
The Google doodle also shows how Tyrus Wong’s love of art from a young age was recognized by his father, who could only afford Wong to practice water and newspaper writing, as well as study Chinese art at the Central Library of Los Angeles. Angels
When Tyrus Wong was a high school student, he won a scholarship to the Otis Art Institute. Wong began to remain a waiter in Chinatown. The work of Tyrus Wong was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1932, along with the works of Picasso, Matisse and Paul Klee.
Walt Disney hired Tyrus Wong in 1938 as an intern “inbetweener”, an illustrator who draws sketches between key animators, forming the movement of a character or object. It was at Disney that he worked at Bambi. At that time, Tyrus Wong was only recognized as one of the many “background artists”, and his contributions were not recognized for years. His contributions to Hollywood were finally recognized in 2001, when he was named “Legend of Disney”.
Wong’s employment at Disney began after Walt Disney visited a Chinese restaurant in LA’s Chinatown to dine and view a mural Wong had helped paint there. In 2001, in recognition of his work on Bambi, Wong was named a Disney Legend, which honors people who have made a significant impact on the Disney legacy.
In later years, Wong could often be seen flying fantastical kites of his own design on the beach in Santa Monica. He died in 2016 at the age of 106.
Soon after the release of Bambi, Tyrus Wong was fired from Disney as a result of the Disney animators’ strike. He then went on to work for Warner Brothers Studios for 26 years as a production illustrator. There he drew and painted storyboards that shaped the look of some notable films like The Wild Bunch, Sands of Iwo Jima, and Rebel Without A Cause.