Crystal Kings

Luciferous Radii by Happy Sleepy, 120" x 59", acrylic gouache on paper mounted on dibond, 2011

The Crystal Kings are a colorful and geometric allegory of willpower and creativity – these creatures are beings of pure imagination and intention that have willed themselves into being the way crystal grows out of seemingly bare rock.

Crystal Kings Blazing vinyl banners, 2016
Crystal Kings hybrid paintings and giclee on canvas, 2013
Crystal Kings animations, 2012 – ongoing
Crystal Kings paintings on paper mounted to dibond, 2009 to 2012

The Crystal Kings were first shown in Let’s Glow, an exhibition at the Kitchener Waterloo Gallery in March 2012. A new, hybrid set of four paintings was made in 2013, followed by a very large scale installation of vinyl banners and painting in 2016 for the Artist Project front entrance winning competition entry.

Crystal Kings Blazing, 2016

Installation of banners and paintings called Crystal Kings Blazing by Happy Sleepy aka Marc Ngui and Magda Wojtyra
Crystal Kings Blazing installation mockup, with a vinyl banner and an original painting on each side.
Crystal Kings Blazing left half of the installation
Crystal Kings Blazing left half of the installation
Painting hanging on a vinyl printed billboard background
Crystal King Toad on Crystal King Lagoon installation view of the Artist Project 2016
Crystal King Toad on Lagoon detail view
Detail of Crystal King Toad on Crystal King Lagoon in an installation view from Crystal Kings Blazing at the Artist Project 2016
Crystal Kings Blazing right half of the installation
Crystal Kings Blazing right half of the installation
Painting hanging on a vinyl printed billboard background
Marc and Claire stand with Crystal King Bunny on Crystal King Destiny in an installation view from the Artist Project 2016
Painting hanging on a vinyl printed billboard background
Detail of Crystal King Bunny on Crystal King Destiny in an installation view from Crystal Kings Blazing at the Artist Project 2016
People sitting in front of the Crystal Kings Blazing installation

Crystal Kings 2013

This set of paintings used a hybrid process of printing just the colours on canvas and mounting on stretchers. Those colors that could not be produced by the printer were then painted by hand. 22 karat gold foil and aluminium foil (for the “silver”) was also added. At the end, all the black lines are painted on freehand with a brush.

Crystal King Toad painting
Crystal King Toad, acrylic gouache, 22K gold foil, and archival
Crystal King Bunny painting
Crystal King Bunny, acrylic gouache, 22K gold foil, and archival inkjet on canvas, 36" x 48" archival inkjet on canvas, 2013.
Crystal King Ape
Crystal King Ape, 3 x 4 feet x 3 inches, archival inkjet on canvas, 22K gold foil, and acrylic gouache.
Crystal King Firecat (Ice Bird)
Crystal King Firecat (Ice Bird), 3 x 4 feet x 3 inches, archival inkjet on canvas, 22K gold foil, and acrylic gouache.
Crystal King 4 paintings
Four large Crystal King paintings on the main wall.

Crystal Kings 2009 to 2012

The original Crystal Kings are painted with acrylic gouache, pearlescent, metallic and day-glo paints, and feature an ultra matte black gouache that makes them seem to be painted on black velvet. The effect is super flat and very matte, and the colors are very bright. The effect is true flat gouache and some people mistake the medium for inkjet.

Crystal King Pink Robot, 2012, acrylic gouache on paper mounted on dibond, 48″ x 48″


Crystal King Scrappy, 2012, acrylic gouache on paper mounted on dibond, 30″ x 40″


Crystal King Mothbear, 2009, acrylic gouache on paper mounted on dibond, 20″ x 26″


Crystal King Ghostbear, 2009, acrylic gouache on paper mounted on dibond, 26″ x 20″


Crystal King Pinkcat by Magda Wojtyra and Marc Ngui

Crystal King Pink Cat, 2009, acrylic gouache on paper mounted on dibond, 26″ x 20″


Crystal King Totem, 2010, acrylic gouache on paper mounted on dibond, 20″ x 26″


Crystal King Lionhill, 2012, acrylic gouache on paper mounted on dibond, 20″ x 27″


Luciferous Radii, 2012, acrylic gouache on paper mounted on dibond, 120″ x 58″


Luciferous Radii detail, 2012, acrylic gouache on paper mounted on dibond, 120″ x 58″


Luciferous Radii detail, 2012, acrylic gouache on paper mounted on dibond, 120″ x 58″


Luciferous Radii detail, 2012, acrylic gouache on paper mounted on dibond, 120″ x 58″


Luciferous Radii detail, 2012, acrylic gouache on paper mounted on dibond, 120″ x 58″


Crystal King Baby Eye, 2012, acrylic gouache and oil pastels on paper mounted on dibond, 58″ x 120″. Photograph by Robert McNair.


Crystal King Baby Eye detail, 2012, acrylic gouache and oil pastels on paper mounted on dibond, 58″ x 120″


Crystal King Squid, 2011, acrylic gouache on paper mounted on dibond, 20″ x 27″


Crystal King Baboon, 2011, acrylic gouache on paper mounted on dibond, 26″ x 20″

Crystal King Pinkcat painting by Magda Wojtyra and Marc Ngui

Marc Ngui with the Crystal King Birdbear painting.

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