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thomas dang vu
updated: 07/25/2013
website: thomasdangvu.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Xang, Mua, Mua Ha (1)
Xang, Mua, Mua Ha (2)
Xang, Mua, Mua Ha (3)
yet hau
cloud 9 series (9 of 9)
cloud 9 series (6 of 9)
cloud 9 series (5 of 9)
cloud 9 series (3 of 9)
layers detail for 6 of 9 (cloud 9 series)
cloud 9 series (8 of 9)
cloud 9 series (7 of 9)
conversation with the ancestors
hopeless
conversation with the ancestors
toad visiting heaven
 
Portfolio Keywords:  historical, abstract, conceptual, memory, meditative, political, race, spiritual
 
 
Xang, Mua, Mua Ha (1) by thomas dang vu
Xang, Mua, Mua Ha (1)
mixed media
2013
14 " x  17 18 " 
Xang, Mua, Mua Ha (2) by thomas dang vu
Xang, Mua, Mua Ha (2)
mixed media on paper
2013
14 " x  17 " 
Xang, Mua, Mua Ha (3) by thomas dang vu
Xang, Mua, Mua Ha (3)
mixed media on paper
2013
14 " x  17 " 
yet hau by thomas dang vu
yet hau
graphite on wood
2011
18 24 " x  14 18 "  x 1.5 " 
cloud 9 series (9 of 9) by thomas dang vu
cloud 9 series (9 of 9)
mixed media
2010
24 " x  18 "  x 2 " 
cloud 9 series (6 of 9) by thomas dang vu
cloud 9 series (6 of 9)
mixed media
2010
24 " x  18 "  x 2 " 
cloud 9 series (5 of 9) by thomas dang vu
cloud 9 series (5 of 9)
mixed media
2010
24 " x  18 "  x 1.5 " 
cloud 9 series (3 of 9) by thomas dang vu
cloud 9 series (3 of 9)
mixed media
2010
24 " x  18 "  x 1.5 " 
layers detail for 6 of 9 (cloud 9 series) by thomas dang vu
layers detail for 6 of 9 (cloud 9 series)
mixed media
2010
24" x  18"  x 2" 
cloud 9 series (8 of 9) by thomas dang vu
cloud 9 series (8 of 9)
mixed media
2010
24 " x  18 "  x 1.5 " 
cloud 9 series (7 of 9) by thomas dang vu
cloud 9 series (7 of 9)
mixed media
2010
24 " x  18 "  x 1.5 " 
conversation with the ancestors by thomas dang vu
conversation with the ancestors
mixed media
2011
48 24 " x  72 18 "  x 1.5 " 
hopeless by thomas dang vu
hopeless
mixed media/oil on canvas
2011
59 72 " x  72 96 "  x 1.5 2 " 
conversation with the ancestors by thomas dang vu
conversation with the ancestors
mixed media/oil on canvas
2010
72 " x  48 "  x 1.5 " 
toad visiting heaven by thomas dang vu
toad visiting heaven
mixed media/oil on canvas
2009
72" x  48"  x 1.5" 

Artist Statement

 

 

Saigon Memories - New York Revelations (1970-2010)

 

The Communists came to search our home. They loaded all of our furniture and personal belongings into their trucks…and then I watched them take my father away.

 

Now, I drag brushes dripping with oil paint across raw canvas, to cover the shadows of a painful past, as I bandage gaping wounds with pieces of gauze and sharp, threaded needles. I try to whitewash the haunting memories of growing up during Communist rule in Vietnam. But those memories constantly remind me that I must tell my story and share my Saigon childhood through my work .

 

It is near impossible at times to face that pain. But the motion of painting—and the emotion that wells inside me—guide me, and I surrender myself to the process. Sometimes, the traditional sayings of my forefathers are all I need to convey a deeper meaning. Other times, it’s the happy, fleeting moments of childhood innocence that resonate most; I find myself creating intricate patterns reminiscent of "connect-the-dots" games I played as a boy. 

 

The mixed media paintings often present a textured surface achieved through a combination of freehand calligraphy, photography, textiles, and oils. The multilayered surfaces mirror the memories, fears, and hopes that have affected my life’s journey; they are as intricate and varied as all the experiences of my life.

 

Though extremely personal, the universal elements of suffering and redemption run through the paintings. My hope is that there is space for the viewer to relate my experiences to their own, perhaps gaining a better understanding of many realities in the process…


 

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