Sapa Vietnam Series and Landscapes & Plantscapes

Sapa Vietnam Series and Landscapes & Plantscapes

Tue May 5 19:13:16 2009

Artist Thu Nguyen creates realistic paintings with a sense of conceptual appeal, inspired by the work of Andrew Wyeth. Nguyen earned a BFA in painting at California State University, Long Beach and has since received multiple grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Her work is represented in many public and private collections in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Mexico

Sapa Vietnam Series  and figure paintings

Sapa Vietnam Series and figure paintings

Wed May 13 12:48:00 2009

While many American contemporary realists are trying to rebel against the social and political establishments in their artistic expression, artist Thu Nguyen is one of the very few realists who still have strong attachment to traditional realism. American renowned realists included John Singleton Copley, Thomas Eakins, and Henry Ossawa Tanner have great influence on artist Thu Nguyen’s landscape and portrait paintings, especially her color palette, brushwork, light, perspective and depth. It reflects the fact that artist Thu Nguyen is so skillful to apply those old techniques and comfortable to stay on the "worn" path of realism. However, she has tried to go beyond the realm of realism in her creativity. In her series of nude and figure paintings, she successfully captured both the essence of her subjects and each emotional moment of her inner self. She wrote: “I’m working on an ongoing series of realistic figure paintings of myself. With this series I hope to explore how my varying emotional states, which range from defiance to despair…”Realists Thu Nguyen has also beautifully recorded in colors daily activities and sceneries in U.S.A. through her industrial paintings, winter, sea, and landscapes. Her soft and smooth painting strokes remind me of Rembrandt’s early paintings of the "smooth" manner, characterized by a fine technique in the exposé of illusionistic form. (by Viet Tran from the book "Shining Above The Rainbow")

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