The Last line of Defense
40 x 50 cm
Oil on Canvas

Young Marcus Wong brings a youthful voice to the exhibition. Marcus works through a child’s perspective, which is evident in his use of shimmering, bold colours. Here, he has depicted a tearful shark swimming in a blue ocean. The words “Don’t Kill Me” appear within a speech bubble, giving the painting an innocent, unassuming quality. These words humanise the shark, forcing viewers to identify with it. The simple approach, the application of colour and the basic strokes have a twofold appeal. Primarily, they give spontaneity and authenticity to the approach, forcing viewers to adopt a child’s view, which in turns evokes a great sense of empathy. However, these qualities also unite audiences across different generations.