Nguyen Lam, one of the greatest living contemporary Vietnamese masters, sees his art as a continuum, a bridge between now and then. From his highly regarded early figurative paintings in the traditional lacquer style, he moved on to explore abstraction. Inspired by the energy and purity of calligraphy, he began to create abstract oils that retained dynamic strokes of black while simultaneously introducing complex colours and textures.
The results are bright and powerful paintings that are both modern and minimalistic. With meditation an important part of his process, the artist insists that each brushstroke must be perfect to attain the ideal simplicity of form. Nguyen Lam was born in 1941 in Can Tho, Vietnam. He came to international attention at a young age, receiving invitations to participate in the Paris Biennale in 1961 and 1963. Exhibitions soon took him around the world from Vietnam to the United States, Japan, France, Belgium, India, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
His paintings appear in permanent collections of the National Gallery Singapore, the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts and private collections in Europe, Asia and the United States.
Oil on canvas