T-Wei is an artist living and working from under his rock in Wellington, New Zealand. With dreams of one day joining the glamorous world of comics. T-Wei began studying the human form in high school. Although that dream has since been abandoned, the stylistic tendencies toward careful lineweight-driven artwork has remained.
Since then, his focus has jumped between animation, concept art, illustration and – as of late – has found its home in pop surrealism. This has allowed T-Wei to situate himself between industries, with fingers in anything from concept/production art for games and music videos to large scale paintings and murals.
Now his work has taken a more narrative approach, his themes jump between the considered and the pointless, and often can be described as a conscious mistranslation of the world of figurative visual communication.
T-Wei pulls established techniques from animation, comics and mass production and twists them until they once again feel unfamiliar. Or, as described in a recent article, the drawings of a bitter old man of the illustration world, whose work is as much a reaction to it as it is a contribution to contemporary illustration. Though with much kinder wording.
These days working as a freelance illustrator, T-Wei primarily works on commercial illustration during the day, and on his personal work in lieu of sleep. Clients and publications include the likes of Reebok, Hi-fructose, Juxtapoz and the MARCO museum in Monterrey via Pictoplasma.