Sunny Apinchapong-Yang

Arrival of Autumn

Sunny Apinchapong-Yang was born in Bangkok, Thailand, where his Chinese parents settled after the Second World War. In 1970, Sunny arrived in the United States, receiving his first formal art instruction at Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design and Cal State (LA), earning both BA and MA degrees in Fine Art. Sunny studied with Sergei Bongart (1977-1985) and later worked as his assistant in teaching at the LA school and his summer workshops in Idaho. Since 1987 Sunny has worked for several animation studios such as Disney, Dreamworks, Sony, and Don Bluth. His many exhibitions include the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; Morseburg Gallery, West Hollywood; and the Oriel Gallery, Dublin, Ireland. Sunny is a Signature Member of California Art Club and also a member of Oil Painters of America.


The Making of “Sergei Bongart”

Amphora Editions took over the remaining stock of Mary Balcomb’s Sergei Bongart from Cody Publishing in 2013. It has been extremely popular since its initial debut in 2002. The entire second printing sold out rather quickly; however, a cache of rare first-editions in original shrink wrap was discovered in Mary’s effects. A simple search online will reveal that vendors are charging many hundreds of dollars more than we. So, owners of first and second printings alike, you possess a valuable and important book of art, beautifully designed by Norm Nason.


Darrell Anderson

In the upcoming months we wish to profile some of the well-known artists who Mary Balcomb knew as good friends, such as Del Gish, Darrell Anderson, Lois MacFarland, and William Reese, most of which were connected to Sergei Bongart in some way.

Today we feature Darrell Anderson, of Bainbridge Island, Washington. A frequent visitor to Mary’s home, the above painting of his hung in her bedroom for years, up to the day she died: