Tran Nguyen (Vietnam/USA)
Georgia-based artist Tran Nguyen spins visual stories underlining her passion for psychotherapeutic themes and imagery. Created using thin glazes of acrylic on paper and finished with colouring pencils, Nguyen’s work is nothing short of spectacular as it conveys pensive scenes charged with life and emotion.
In many of her works, Vietnamese-born Nguyen features female figures brimming with elegance and goddess-like charm. Although their expressions bear a certain softness and vulnerability, these figures also possess a powerful and magnetic aura – a striking feature which gives each painting character and depth.
Nguyen also places her figures at the heart of fascinating scenes echoing the artist’s curiosity towards fantasy art, surrealism and dreamscapes. Whether the abstract landscapes from her ‘Organic Geometry’ series, or the architectural ones found in pieces like ‘A Sentimental Swallow’ and ‘A Taste For Bittersweet Beds’, each setting perfectly embodies the spirit and mood of the figure to which it is intricately tied. Drawn with precision and often painted in atmospheric and earthy hues, these settings thus come across as a statement of Nguyen’s flair for detail and colour.
Through their play with textures and geometric patterns, their references to nature and their Klimt-like grace, Nguyen’s drawings are some of the most delicate interpretations one would find of mankind’s dreams, feelings and innermost thoughts. Her works offer a compelling look into one’s subconscious and, if anything, encourage each of us to dream.