Raquelle Azran – Vietnamese Contemporary Fine Art

DANG THAO NGOC

Dang Thao Ngoc paints her view of the world, and especially of women’s place in the world, in vivid oils on canvas. Her imagery draws on traditional Vietnamese iconography as well as contemporary urban icons to highlight global concerns. An abundance of materials yet feelings of loneliness – the juxtaposition is visually arresting and thought provoking, as are the subjects of Ngoc’s scrutiny

VU HONG NGOC

Following many years of painting with oils on canvas, Ngoc now expresses herself via the medium of gouache on paper. Her latest works – Seasons of Bamboo -portray human experience and nature in term of space, time and change.

LUU CONG NHAN

A member of Vietnam’s generation of senior artists, Nhan’s paintings encompass the drama of his country’s struggles for independence as well as the gentleness and universality of the female nude. Working in oils, gouache and ink, Nhan has echoed Vietnam’s passage through time, from early impressionism through socialist realism to the unique blend of East and West

PHUNG PHAM

A master painter for over 50 years, Phung Pham has developed traditional Vietnamese mediums of lacquer painting and woodblock prints in a uniquely contemporary way. Inspired by the minority tribes he lived among during his formative years, Pham emphasizes geometrics of pattern and line to evoke lyrical and stylized visions of Vietnam.

DAO HAI PHONG

Attracted by the beauty of the countryside, Phong breathes luminosity into everyday landscapes, while stepping back and allowing time and space for contemplation.

NGUYEN THI PHUC

Nguyen Thi Phuc chooses to focus on the genre of still life. Her paintings of flowers are lush and atmospheric, inspired by European classicism and enriched with undertones of the East.

DINH THI THAM POONG

Poong, a Vietnamese woman of Thai and H’mong hill tribe descent, vividly captures on rice paper her concerns and emotions with the contemporary world. Women and nature intermingle and merge in scenes simultaneously real and surreal.

Dinh Thi Tham Poong, Women Of Nature

LA BA QUAN

With a discerning eye and dispassionate hand, Quan paints the men on the street and in the cafes of Hanoi. His subjects are captured and strikingly impastoed, in the spirit of Berlin avante garde art of the Twenties.

LE ANH QUAN

A member of the EXIT group of young artists in Hanoi, Quan generously applies vivid colors and exuberant images to oil and acrylic on canvas. His world is magnanimous, peopled by abstract figures expressing Quan’s perceptions and emotions of the individual in a changing world.

NGUYEN THANH SON

Using the traditional Vietnamese medium of woodblock printing on rice paper, Nguyen Thanh Son celebrates cultural rites and traditions. His stylized figures are ethereal, inhabiting temporal spheres of past, present and future. Whether waiting for a lover, or offering fertility prayers, Son’s subjects resonate with the fascination of other worlds.

PHAN CAM THUONG

Thuong’s work is mystically Oriental. Painting with natural mineral pigments and chinese ink, Thuong combines traditional ritual and movement with layers of contemporary reflection. The serene calmness of Thuong’s being shines through the expressive beauty of his art.

NGUYEN BAO TOAN

Combining a deceptively simplistic secular folk aesthetic with sophistication of simile and metaphor, Toan the ‘city mandarin’ envelops us within the solicitude and warm humanity of the countryside.

VU DUC TOAN

Toan beguiles us with bright colors and simple folk motifs. His simplicity of style represents a conscious move away from sophistication and towards naive art.

VU DUC TRUNG

Trung’s lacquer paintings are imbued with the poetry of the Impressionists.

The subtlety and delicate shadings of his palette are enhanced by his studies with Trinh Tuan in Hanoi and in the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris.

TRINH TUAN

A master of lacquer painting, Tuan expands upon the traditional tones and themes of classical lacquer art to include contemporary materials. Shimmering shades and hues dissolve and recompose into human figures, invoking the power and universality of emotions.

Trinh Tuan - Cloudy thoughts

Tuan transforms traditional icons and mediums into contemporary language. Images of women playing musical instruments metamorphose into vivid birds and flowers. Village woodblock prints are transmuted into modern printmaking techniques, referencing Matisse in palette and perspective.

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