HCMC – Group Exhibition “Coming of Age”

HCMC – Group Exhibition “Coming of Age”

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Ngo Van Sac (2)
Artwork by Ngo Van Sac


Opening: Thu 19 Jun 2014, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: 19 Jun – 18 Jul 2014
Craig Thomas Gallery

From the organizer:

You are invited to a group exhibition “Coming of Age” featuring painting, sculpture and installation by fourteen Vietnamese artists.

“Coming of Age” is an eclectic mix of painting, sculpture and installation works realised specially for the 5th anniversary of the gallery. The artists on show include: Lieu Nguyen, Lim Khim Ka Ty, Tran Quoc Tuan, and Bui Tien Tuan, Pham Huy Thong, Bui Thanh Tam, Nguyen The Hung, Ngo Van Sac, Tran Minh Tam, established sculptor Bui Hai Son, expressionist painter Doan Hoang Lam and digital painter and illustrator Khoa Le.

About the artists

Lim Khim Ka Ty’s (b. 1978) paintings highlight Vietnam’s working class and examine the role of women in Vietnamese society. Her portraits are filled with a great compassion and empathy for the lives and struggles of the people that constitute the majority of the Vietnamese population.

Bui Thanh Tam (b. 1979) is concerned with the state of society in contemporary Vietnam. Charged with parody and humour, his pop-style paintings are caricatures of Hanoi’s nouveau riche class, with their greed for money and their mindless modernisation.

Lieu Nguyen’s (b. 1976) signature canvases are composed in an impressionistic style and depict blossoming trees in vibrant colours. His lyrical paintings are created using a unique “drip” technique that results in symphonies of colour and movement on canvas.

Lieu Nguyen
Artwork by Lieu Nguyen

Luong Luu Bien (b. 1975) uses techniques learned from his study of lacquer painting to create an effect that is like sculpture on canvas. The figures in Bien’s works – often solitary individuals or groups of two or three – stand out from the canvas as if alive and independent of their surroundings. The effect draws the viewer closer to the subjects and gives them their own quiet but clear voice.

Pham Huy Thong (b. 1980) references socio-political problems in contemporary Vietnam and the world. His surrealist style paintings are a commentary on issues of greed, conflict, justice and social equality, charged with metaphorical meanings and hidden clues.

Tran Minh Tam’s (b. 1974) oeuvre is an homage to Vietnam’s rich historical and cultural tradition. His works, in oil and lacquer on antique wooden furniture, portray historical figures from the Nguyen dynasty, from emperors and mandarins to common people, in ancient palace settings.

Nguyen The Hung (b. 1981) creates works on do paper and canvas. His sensual, exotic paintings juxtapose traditional and contemporary media and references, and are a statement on the empowerment of women, their emancipation and self-confidence.

Bui Tien Tuan (b. 1971) works with watercolour on silk and do paper. His fascination with the female figure and urban life is revealed through his oniric ukiyo-e inspired compositions that introduce a new vibrant colour palette and a contemporary language to the traditional media.

Tran Quoc Tuan (b. 1981) creates multi-panel tableaus of everyday life in his native Saigon. With gentle contrasts between shade and light, his street scenes tell stories of the communal lifestyle down the small lanes and “blind corners” of the Southern metropolis.

Ngo Van Sac’s (b. 1980) practice centres around woodburning and woodcarving techniques. The artist creates multi-layered compositions, juxtaposing scenes of contemporary Vietnam with various facial silhouettes, which most often include his self-portrait.

Bui Hai Son (b. 1957) is an established Vietnamese sculptor. His oeuvre includes small scale to quasi-monumental sculptures, in a variety of media. Inspired mostly by nature and man’s relationship to it, his works develop organically and resonate in the space with an unobtrusive energy.

Khoa Le (b. 1982) is a digital artist, painter, illustrator and writer. Her works are playful in appearance, but with closer inspection they reveal a deep concern with personal and human issues, such as a girl’s coming of age, the relationship between man and nature, life and death, among others.

Doan Hoang Lam (b. 1970) is a painter from Hanoi whose oeuvre focuses on his strong emotional responses to life and to his surroundings. Through his work, the artist strives to communicate what hides beneath the surface and lies deep within our souls and hearts.

Craig Thomas Gallery
27i Tran Nhat Duat, Tan Dinh ward, Q.1, HCMC
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 6pm; Sundays 1 to 5 pm; and by appointment

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