Nguyen Manh Hung

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Midnight Business
2017
oil on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Snails on the Deck
2016
digital c-print, edition of 5 + 1 AP
60 x 90 cm
Practice with Snails
2016
digital c-print, edition of 5 + 1 AP
60 x 90 cm
Hero at The Station
2016
digital c-print, edition of 5 + 1 AP
35 x 55 cm
Soldier and Snail
2016
linocut
45.8 x 30.5 cm
Le Tirailleur de l'Annamite
2016
linocut
21 x 28 cm
In Case of Emergency
2016
mixed media
125 x 55 x 40 cm
Checkpoint
2016
bronze
35 x 35 x 40 cm
Protecting the Location
2016
oil on canvas
100 x 100 cm
A Happy Soldier
2016
oil on canvas
100 x 60.5 cm
Guard at Night
2016
oil on canvas
100 x 60.5 cm
Le Petit Tirailleur
2016
oil on canvas
100 x 60.5 cm
Prepare for Take-Off
2015
digital c-print
35 x 55 cm
The Barricade
2015
digital c-print
50 x 100 cm
Fire Truck (URAL)
2014
watercolor on paper
28.2 x 40.5 cm
Off road
2014
watercolor on paper
32.2 x 48.6 cm
Clear for take off
2014
acrylic on canvas
100 x 150 cm
Patrol (sketch 2)
2014
watercolor, ballpoint pen on paper
16 x 21.5 cm
Patrol on the road
2014
watercolor on paper
30.5 x 40.5 cm
The Security Booth
2013
watercolor on paper
30.5 x 40.5 cm
Common enemy
2014
oil on readymade painting
54 x 65 cm
Relax
2014
oil on readymade painting
35 x 50 cm
Until the lake is full
2014
oil on readymade painting
30.5 x 40.5 cm
Bad colour
2014
oil on readymade painting
54 x 65 cm
Running in the rush
2014
oil on readymade painting
38 x 55 cm
Behind the barricade
2014
oil on readymade painting
33 x 55 cm
Barbed wire
2014
oil on readymade painting
50 x 60 cm
The Barricade
2013
wood, paper, nylon, plastic, metal, acrylic paint, electrical system, burlap, sand, LED lighting
220 x 430 x 120 cm
The Barricade
(detail view)
The Barricade
(detail view)
Keep My Planet Clean
2013
clay, resin, plant-derived roots, metal, fabric, plastic, acrylic paint
100 x 140 x 70 cm
Keep My Planet Clean
detail view
Go to Market
2013
wood, nylon bags, plastic fruit, metal tubes, cotton
220 x 400 x 60 cm
Go to Market
(detail view)
Go to Market
(detail view)
I've Been Here (Mauvais gout painting)
2013
oil on readymade (oil on canvas) in artist's frame
109 x 178.7 cm
Milk Bottles
2001-2012
wood, metal, stone (edition of 6 + 1 AP)
19 x 5.5 x 5.5 cm each bottle
Living Together in Paradise
2009-2011
mixed media
Wall measurement 4-5 m tall x 5 m wide / tower block 3 m x 70 cm x 70 cm
Living Together in Paradise
2009-2011
mixed media
Wall measurement 4-5 m tall x 5 m wide / tower block 3 m x 70 cm x 70 cm
Keep our planet clean
2012
oil on canvas
98 x 98 cm
Off Road 4x4
2014
acrylic on canvas
100 x 150 cm
An illegal alien
2014
acrylic on canvas
100 cm x 200 cm
Green Team
2009
oil on canvas
100 x 200 cm
Recycle Team
2009
oil on canvas
100 x 100 cm
MiG-21 Couple Attack
2009
oil on canvas
100 x 100 cm
A group of su30
2007
oil on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Flight
2006
bamboo, paper, cloth
710 x 410 x 1500 cm
Color Pencils
2004
wood, industrial paint, decal
150 x 250 x 25 cm
Color Pencils
(detail view)
Color Pencils
(detail view)
Uniforms
2002
old military uniforms, resin
dimensions variable

BIOGRAPHY

“Our lives are filled with conflicts – sometimes sad and sometimes humorous. My creative practice is an exploration of aspects of the national and cultural history of Vietnam, as well as personal and contemporary life experiences. I don’t aim to talk about anything specifically, preferring to focus on the visual relationships of disjointed elements and unusual scales. Influences include early and contemporary Surrealism.”

Born in 1976 and raised and educated in Hanoi, Nguyen makes art that reflects the comical situations arising from the rapid yet piecemeal processes of domestic urbanization and modernization. As a multi-disciplinary artist, he is equally at ease painting as he is creating large-scale installations or exploring performative work. Nguyen’s particular realist style encompasses a distinctive sense of playfulness and humour that sets him apart from previous generations of artists. As the son of a fighter jet pilot, he draws on the personal in his paintings of aircraft. Depicting military planes laden down with oversized grocery items, or else soaring across the sky with bushels from the rice harvest, Hung’s surreal scenes humorously morph a symbol of destruction with conduits of hope, benevolence and joy.

Nguyen Manh Hung has exhibited in a number of international exhibitions. Notable regional and international exhibitions include Asia Young 36, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Jeonbuk, Korea (2016); Farmers Got Power, Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2016); Mien Meo Mieng/Contemporary Art from Vietnam, Bildmuseet, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden (2015);One Planet, Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2013); 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia (2012); Living together in paradise, Goethe-Institut, Hanoi (2011); Tam Ta, San Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2010); Connect: Kunstzene Vietnam, ifa Galleries, Berlin and Stuttgart (2009); Lim Dim: Young Vietnamese Artists, Stenersenmuseet, Oslo (2009); transPOP: Korea Vietnam Remix, ARKO Art Center, Seoul, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2007-2008); and Thermocline of Art. New Asian Waves, ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany (2007). In 2014 Manh Hung was an artist-in-residence at Musee D’Art Contemporain Du Val-de-Marne (MAC/VAL) in France. In 2015 he participated in Creative Fusion, an urban-based, community-engaged residency program at the Cleveland Foundation, Ohio.

Nguyen Manh Hung currently lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City.

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