Nguyễn Trung

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Revelation of time

1999

Sedge mat, papier mâché and oil on canvas

100 x 100 cm

Revelations of time is significantly different from the painting trends then, which heavily focused on idyllic landscapes, portraits of beautiful Vietnamese women or still life objects. Trung has a great interest in medium of the works. No colorful vibrant colors or romantic brushstrokes; instead, more monotoned such as deep brown (representing earth, clay and nature) or plain white was frequently repeated in his works. Most often, we can see a juxtaposition of lights and darks, which create a dynamic opposition and zen calm like expressions, to capture the fleeting moments when the sun shines through a crack on a wall.

(Text courtesy of CUC gallery)