CS # 34
Hung Viet Nguyen
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Coastal Sensibility / Sensuality
The salty scent of waves crashing, birds floating on invisible currents, colors gleaming in the bright Southern California sun, these are my inspirations. These occurrences are observed and felt during hikes along the coast, and then processed into semi-abstract expressions. My work is a visual expression of the senses rather than a literary representation of a landmark.
These paintings do not represent the memory of a particular place, but they are meant evoke sensual memories of moments past, whether on the land or by the ocean. This is accomplished with a complex process of layering oil paint. The body of the painting appears when I begin to put in the texture. Adding paint as well as scraping away, the textures build, and the colors are revealed. This time consuming process takes weeks to accomplish. Consequently, I work on several at one time, with them all finishing seemingly, at once. Once the textures are dry, I paint and glaze each area to obtain the final color I envisioned. I am always working with an almost impossible desire to match what I feel to what I can accomplish in paint.
One can see the influence of many traditional art forms: woodblock print, Oriental scroll painting, ceramic art, mosaic, stained glass…this is because I want to recycle all the tradition arts (by theory), then create innovative new art, separate from the masses.
One can see the influence of David Hockney, Chuck Close, Richard Diebenkorn, Picasso, Joan Miro, Gustav Klimt, Vincent Van Gogh… in my work, because it is natural process for an artist to develop his/her own style, as long as in the end, my paintings look like none of theirs.
One can can see the influence of my degree in biology but my work is far from biological. I am in my own way, an artist.
Original, oil/canvas, 48 x 60 in (122 x 152 cm)
*Selected in Tarfest's 2009 Fine Art Exhibition - Korean Cultural Center (KCC). Tarfest's 2009 is juried by Rita Gonzalez, Curator for the Los Angeles County Museum Of Art (LACMA).
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