W. H. Chong is an artist and a book designer. He is one of Australia’s foremost cover designers, winner of multiple awards, and is an inductee in the Book Designers Hall of Fame.
He is well known for his portrait drawings of writers and artists — his near life-size portrait of novelist Michelle de Kretser is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. The Green Room in the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne is hung with his drawings of visiting authors.
His art is often seen on books, gracing over 100 covers of Australian literature in the Text Classics series.
He has written art reviews and columns on culture for Crikey and Daily Review.
He resides in Melbourne.
Chong & Byron
Chong has been coming up from Melbourne to enjoy Byron and its hinterlands going on twenty years. He says the heat, moisture and vegetation recall his tropical childhood in a way that Victoria, where he lives, never can. He loves the culture, the mood, the general sense of relaxed well-being.
He even thinks it may be his single favourite place in Australia.