22.06.11 by Jeff

Winnie Truong / Interview

Say hello to Winnie Truong! She is one of the four Canadian artists who created work for our “Afterlife” project with Poketo.



Interview with Toronto-based Canadian artist Winnie Truong

If I could only eat a breakfast, a lunch, and a dinner in Toronto where should I go?

I’d urge you to go to Saving Grace in Little Portugal and brave the wait for breakfast, brunch and lunch, it’s just that good there. Dinner is a two-parter: you should go to Mandarin at Yonge and Eglinton and gorge yourself on all-you-can-eat chinese food, then head a block up the street to the movie theatre (half price on tuesdays) and enjoy that hard-earned food coma.

Interview with Toronto-based Canadian artist Winnie Truong

What kind of things do you do for fun?

I enjoy riding my bike and doing a whole lot of nothing with good people. Now that the weather is awesome, me and some of my closest friends have started a midnight bike gang to cruise around explore different parts of the city. Working all day in my studio is also very enjoyable as I get to watch a lot of movies and tv series on my laptop while getting a lot of work done.

Have you always loved pencil crayons or is it a new love?

Pencil crayons are more of an old acquaintance to me, one that’s kind of always been there on a casual and amateur basis… only recently winning me over with its sensitivity, colour and childhood familiarity…

Interview with Toronto-based Canadian artist Winnie Truong

If your artwork was fed into some kind of machine that turned it into music what song would play?

Goonies! Awesome. Are your drawings based on people you know?

I’ve recently finished a large drawing based on a friend and the whole experience had me anxious about achieving a proper likeness. That said, the subjects in my drawings are loosely sourced from fashion and hair magazines, and despite the fact that I’ve had many people drawing associations with either friends or celebrities, they are intended to be anonymous.

Do you keep bad drawings?

I try keep everything I make, and I think it’s especially important to keep failed projects just to remind you of the types of things aren’t working. That said, I usually work in stages just to avoid abandoning projects from working in my sketchbook, to doing more resolved studies before a final product.

Interview with Toronto-based Canadian artist Winnie Truong

Would you consider yourself a spiritual person?

Not really, just occasionally hopeful.

Can you talk a little bit about your thought process making the artwork for this wallet?

I wanted to respond to the theme with an ambivalent point of view, in doing so I created the artwork using the changing states of ambiguous “life-forms” to tell a story through their disjointed relationships. I drew some not-quite-persons, and not-quite-creatures that I thought would illustrate both life and death simultaneously, so that the theme of “Life After Death” is open to individual interpretation.

Interview with Toronto-based Canadian artist Winnie Truong

Interview with Toronto-based Canadian artist Winnie Truong

Do you feel like what you have created is in any way a self-portrait?

Not by way of likeness… However, I think that in the process of inventing each new portrait and the transformations that take place within it, I also attempting to define a part of my own character or experience.

What’s next for you?

I’m planning on releasing a limited edition print in July as well as an upcoming solo show at ESP in Toronto this September that I’m very excited about. So stay tuned ! ! !

Interview with Toronto-based Canadian artist Winnie Truong

To see more of Winnie’s work, head over here.

To see the entire Poketo x Booooooom “Afterlife” series go here.

Now I’m gonna give away one of Winnie’s wallets! If you’d like to win it leave a comment below with an encouraging message to Winnie! I’ll pick a winner on Monday!

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • joe

    this is really good stuff. it made me smile xx

  • Jordan Schinkel


    And here’s a smiley emoticon for you:

  • AP

    I love your work !!

  • Emma

    This work is really inspiring, it has given me some brilliant ideas to integrate within my own portfolio. I love the use of coloured pencils in art and this is a prime example as to why. Loving the work Winnie.

  • Ewan

    Ultimate Coloured Pencil WHIZ KID

    Take a bow 🙂

  • Winnie – I’m a huge fan and you were a huge inspiration to me at OCAD! I’ve been to several of you shows and hope to attend more! Best of luck in all of your endeavors!

  • Your Beautiful Works have my hairs on end!

  • laura kelly

    Winnie — lover yer stuff!

  • Heidi Tang

    amazing hair!

  • jaycie

    very beautiful stuff.

  • noejani

    very inspiring! love it~

  • Andrew

    Howdy Winnie. Proud of what you’ve accomplished. I wish you continued success. Although your dinner recommendation was weak, you still got my support.

  • Avery

    Somehow all this reminds me of a grown up winnie the pooh. Ironic eh? but such beatuifully honest work makes me happy.

  • wired. i love it.

  • Max

    hair it winnie!

  • Winnie’s fucking awesome, I’m in love with all that she does! So happy to see a recent OCAD grad with a lot of success! You show ’em girl!

  • Heather

    deadly work

  • weinie! you are my hero!


  • Stephanie

    Hairy good! Carry on in your way.

  • Holden

    I’m just finsihing highschool and was accepted to OCADU. I saw your work and it is so comforting for me to see the success blooming from your creativity, OCAD, and the Toronto art scene. Thanks for the daily inspiration!

  • your work gives me hope for the facial and chest hair i’ve always dreamed of.

    **facial hair

  • Emma

    Winnie, you’re living the life of a true artist. Down-to-earth, conscious of what you’re creating, not taking yourself too seriously. Your work is playful, intricate, soft, like a glimpse into someone’s private introspective moment. The work you create has a kind of mental adhesive attached–I can’t get them out of my mind.

  • Congrats to Melissa Penney you have won yourself one of Winnie’s wallets!

    Stay tuned for two more wallet giveaways from this series!!!

  • Stop riding your bike in revolving doors at midnight. It’s bloody dangerous.
    Also, keep up the good work Winneth.

  • Winnie, just found you through WeTranfer. Excellent, slightly unsettling, work. Hope you’re still working. Cheers from NZ Jane

  • keep on adding more colour to the world nothing ever wrong with a bit more surreal inspired eye candy in our rather hectic lives, lovely work

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