25 January 2015 by Adeline Lum CM-
Chang Woon Bing, speaker of the recent Art Sowers talk in DUMC and lecturer of The One Academy shared how he started his passion in art. While his father studied for his Masters in Montreal, Canada, three-year-old Woon Bing would spend his days observing his environment and recording them down like a diary.
“A lot of people are in this industry because they are inspired by what they see out there, like the films by Disney, Pixar, and other comic books. But as I reflect back, when it first started, I recorded experiences and things I saw.
“As a three-year-old, I see a merry-go-round, and I go home and draw a merry-go-round. I see what’s on TV and in storybooks, and I just draw. It started out as sort of a diary that records the thoughts and I am having, and it is still true for now,” said Woon Bing.
The world has enough negativity and bad news that Christian artists hold the power to reveal and spread messages of love, peace, and goodness in this world.
ABOUT Walking on Waves by Chang Woon Bing:
To call 2013 a bad year, for a lot of dear friends, I know is an understatement. This is dedicated to those who are still plodding on water as waves continue to loom and crash. We move forward above the ocean’s shapeless form by keeping our eyes on what little Light and Good we can still hold on to.
And for those who profess to know the Sovereign Will, there above the darkest depth, we know at last the assured promise by which we are called.
This is a literal interpretation of two comforting songs – Hillsong United’s Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) and Lifehouse’s Storm.
“As artists, we can make a difference in two ways. We can use art to challenge the injustice that is happening around us, to make people uncomfortable and draw them into action.
“However, art needs to be used upon wisdom and discretion from above, for as much as we want to defend their freedom of expression and speech, artists are still called to communicate in kindness and respect.
“Secondly, I think one of the most important things that an artist can do is to remind people of what is worth living for out there. Hope, goodness, and even beauty in simple things might help encourage someone who is feeling down. This is how we can be the light and salt to the world as Christian artists,” said Woon Bing.
ABOUT Turning Thorns into Beauty by Chang Woon Bing:
I once had a stranger walked up to me in Wesley Owen while doing Christmas shopping and handed me a small piece of paper with Proverbs 3:5-6 written on it.
Unsolicited advice does not come better than that.
He added, “You can only be in one frame of mind at a given time, either constructive or destructive; that’s how art works for me, by keeping me in the positive.”
Woon Bing shared a watershed moment in his life when co-founder of The One Academy Veronica Ho said to him, “As long as you keep a sincere and pure mind, all that you attract will be from the realm of light.
ABOUT Light in the Darkness by Chang Woon Bing:
For those who are not afraid of light, who are not shy to be gravid of scandalous hope. For the blessed ones who dare to admit that life is so much more than about being a good person.
The curtain is opened – all you need to do is step through.
This quote reminded him of Philippians 4:8, a verse he held dearly in creating art!
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Phil 4:8)
For more pictures drawn by artist Chang Woon Bing, please visit http://dyvxwolf.tumblr.com/
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