Gung Ho Go

by Sally Deng

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Artist Statement

Sally Deng draws from the human experience. Her work depicts the interactions between individuals in a community and the reaction of people to their environments. Her paintings and drawings have often been described as empathetic and nostalgic.

Why We Love It

As is the case in many of Deng’s arworks, Gung Ho Go taps into body language to tell a story, punctuated by exaggerated hues. Originally drawn in colored pencil, the print’s chunky swaths of blues, greens and grays inflected by peachy pink and pastel yellow portray the fluctuating palette and undulating surface of the ocean with a wash of playfulness and go-with-the-flow placidity. The airborne surfer spotlighted over the crest of a wave is positioned in such a way that they appear both alertly present in the moment, and totally free. Facing the foaming edge, their hand and feet are flexed, but their posture seems loose and pliant. A zip of yellow emphasizes the energy of the moment. Riding a wave means accepting what you can’t control, taking a spill in stride, the falling figure seems to suggest. Deng says her surfing art draws from her own experience learning the sport, feeling small and insignificant in a way that’s really liberating. That certainly comes across here, meanwhile the two onlookers at lower-right with their heads turned toward the surfer at center convey the unspoken sense of community you might feel floating in a pack. And if you’ve ever tried to surf yourself, you know wiping out comes with the territory. All of which is to say: going beyond the strictly representative, Gung Ho Go dials up the emotion and ambiance for a super relatable surfing scene ... More on the blog!

Details

+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Directly supports the artist
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

Medium:

Museo Portfolio Rag

Edition Structure:
8"x8" | edition of 10
11"x11" | edition of 200
16"x16" | edition of 50
20"x20" | edition of 10
24"x24" | edition of 5

Sally Deng

Sally Deng creates art for magazines, newspapers, books, and more in her Los Angeles studio. She was selected by Forbes 30 Under 30 for the 2020 Art & Style list and was named a Young Guns 16 winner by The One Club of Creativity. Her art has been recognized by American Illustration, 3x3, Society of Illustrators and the ADC. She also exhibits in galleries across the U.S.
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