Tran Van Thao

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Circle no. 3
2016
acrylic, oil and oil pencil on canvas
90 x 120 cm
Circle no. 2
2016
acrylic, oil, oilbar and pencil on canvas
90 x 120 cm
Yellow
2014
oil, acrylic, and oil stick on canvas
120 x 90 cm
Yellow, no. 2
2014
oil, acrylic, and oil stick on canvas
90 x 120 cm
Yellow, no. 3
2014
oil, acrylic, and oil stick on canvas
70 x 90 cm
Immersion, no. 1
2013
oil and acrylic on canvas
160 x 120 cm
Immersion, no. 2
2013
oil and acrylic on canvas
160 x 120 cm
Immersion, no. 4
2013
oil and acrylic on canvas
120 x 160 cm
Immersion, no. 5
2013
oil and acrylic on canvas
100 x 140 cm
Immersion, no. 6
2013
oil and acrylic on canvas
120 x 90 cm
Immersion, no. 7
2013
oil, acrylic and oil stick on canvas
120 x 160 cm
Immersion, no. 8
2013
oil, acrylic and oil stick on canvas
90 x 120 cm
Immersion, no. 9
2013
oil, acrylic and oil stick on canvas
90 x 120 cm
Immersion, no. 10
2013
oil, acrylic and oil stick on canvas
90 x 120 cm
Old Town I
2011
oil and canvas on board
30 x 30 cm
Old Town III
2011
oil and canvas on board
30 x 30 cm
Old Town IV
2011
oil and canvas on board
30 x 30 cm
Old Town VIII
2011
oil and canvas on board
30 x 30 cm
Rain in sunlight VII
2008
oil and acrylic on canvas
120 x 160 cm
Rain in Sunlight VIII
2008
oil and acrylic on canvas
100 x 120 cm
Rain in Sunlight IX
2008
oil and acrylic on canvas
90 x 90 cm
#2 - Blue Skies & Fairy Tales
2006
acrylic, crayon and papier-mâché on canvas
85 x 85 cm
#6 - Blue Skies & Fairy Tales
2006
acrylic, oil and papier-mâché on canvas
90 x 90 cm
#9 - Blue Skies & Fairy Tales
2006
acrylic, oil, crayon and papier-mâché on canvas
100 x 80 cm
#13 - Blue Skies & Fairy Tales
2006
acrylic, oil and papier-mâché on canvas
90 x 90 cm
#14 - Blue Skies & Fairy Tales
2006
acrylic and papier-mâché on canvas
90 x 90 cm
Untitled XII - April Series
2004
acrylic, oil pastel and papier-mâché on canvas
120 x 80 cm
Dialogue
2002
mixed media on canvas
150 x 100 cm
Square
2002
mixed media on canvas
60 x 80 cm
Face IV
2001
papier-mâché, acrylic and oil on board
30 x 30 cm
Face III
2001
papier-mâché, acrylic and oil on board
30 x 30 cm
Face I
2001
papier-mâché, acrylic and oil on board
30 x 30 cm
Untitled VI (Summer series)
2001
acrylic, papier-mâché, oil and oil pastel on canvas
90 x 90 cm
Untitled IV (Summer series)
2001
acrylic, papier-mâché, oil and oil pastel on canvas
90 x 90 cm
Untitled (Summer series)
2001
acrylic, papier-mâché, oil and oil pastel on canvas
90 x 90 cm
New Space
1998
papier-mâché and acrylic on canvas
110 x 85.5 cm
Underground II
1998
papier-mâché and acrylic on canvas
150 x 100 cm

BIOGRAPHY

“When we close our eyes, we see shadows of the infinite, disorientation, profound depth… not just the literal meaning of shadows. And when we open our eyes, we see many things: sun and wind, air, objects, people… This ‘eye-opening’ moment could be at any time, in any mood, can ‘catch’ any subject, can recall any atmosphere.”

Tran Van Thao is one of Vietnam’s foremost abstract painters, although his subject matter can be grounded and concrete.  The city, his family, and surrounding landscapes are sources of inspiration for him as much as the vagaries of the human condition.

Tran is an artist who finds beauty in the unruliness of life, and who expresses his awe of such unpredictability though abstract art.  Influenced by American Abstract Expressionism, he plays with line and colour, rejoicing in possibilities as serendipitous as those that life throws in our paths.

Tran’s work can be raw with primitivist markings or rich with color fields.  Veils of oil paint, scumbled areas of depth, papier-mâché, collage and brazen linear shapes are all basic ingredients of his stylistic repertoire.

Born in 1961 in Saigon, Tran Van Thao graduated from the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University. He has held numerous exhibitions in Asia, Europe and the U.S. and his works are in public and private collections in Vietnam and abroad.  In 2002 he was the recipient of the Asian Cultural Council’s Starr Foundation Fellowship and spent four months as an artist-in-residence in New York.

Tran Van Thao lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City.

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