Cian Duggan (b. 1990, Ireland) draws inspiration from the bootleg and DIY spirit of skate culture on which he was brought up during his teenage years. Breaking away from the restrictive, art school definitions of painting, the artist instead considers the practice as much more fluid and unfixed, placing as much importance on where he paints as what he paints. His works, which evoke an earthly morphing of rocks and body parts, can be found on the walls and streets of various cities all over the world. Rendering the familiar unfamiliar, his works are situated somewhere between memory and imagination, the prehistoric and futuristic, and the handcrafted and digital.
Cian Duggan’s works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions, including Dept. of Speculation, Galerie Quynh, HCMC, Vietnam, 2022; Illuminated Curiosities, Nguyen Art Foundation, HCMC, Vietnam, 2022; Nổ Cái Bùm, Dalat, Vietnam, 2022; Art at the Park, Park Hyatt Saigon, organized by San Art, HCMC, Vietnam, 2022; People, Victory and Life after the War, Nguyen Art Foundation, HCMC, Vietnam, 2021; One World, as part of the ANCER Conference, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, 2020; password 0~1, MoT+++, HCMC, Vietnam, 2020; otherMother, MoT+++, HCMC, Vietnam, 2019; and All Animals Are Equal, A. Farm, HCMC, Vietnam, 2018-2019. In 2019, he participated in the Wu Chi-Tsung Studio art residency in Berlin, Germany, and in 2018, he was a resident of A. Farm, HCMC, Vietnam.
Studio Visit with Cian Duggan
This video is part of a series of interviews with artists in the Nguyen Art Foundation collection