Nguyen Lam

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 colors 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.

 

Nguyen Lam at work

Nguyen Lam at work

AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Certificate of honour from the First International Art Exhibition in Saigon, 1962
Silver medal from Spring Exhibition in 1962
Bronze medal from the exhibition organised by the Directorate of Catholic Chaplains, 1965
Selected to participated in Biennale de Paris, 1961, 1963
Selected for International Art Exhibitions in Kuala Lumpur in 1963, New Delhi in 1967 and in New York in 1968
Jury member for Saigon Tourist Painting Competition, 1993
Selected for Southeast Asian Art – A New Spirit, with 100 other established artists, Singapore 1997

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1963: Exhibition at Information Hall, Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh City)
1965: Exhibition at L’Alliance Francais, Sai Gon
1970: Exhibition at Vietnamese American Association, Sai Gon
1971: Exhibition at Information Hall, Sai Gon
1972: Exhibition at Vietnamese American Association, Sai Gon
1974: Exhibition at L’Alliance Francaise, Sai Gon
2016: Solo Exhibition at Art Stage, Singapore with ArtBlue Studio

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1960: Exhibition at Cultural Association of Vietnam
1961: International Art Exhibition “Biennale de Paris”
1962: Selected for the First International Fine Art Exhibition in Sai Gon
1963: International Art Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur
1961: International Art Exhibition “Biennale de Paris”
1966-1974: Exhibition of Vietnamese Young Artist Association
1966: Exhibition in New Delhi
1969: Exhibition in Washington DC, USA
1972: Exhibition at Dolce Vita, Vietnam
1979: Exhibition at Vietnam’s House, Paris
1991: Exhibition in Michigan, USA
1992: Exhibition at Mandarin Hotel , Singapore and exhibition at Vietnam’s House, Paris
1993: Participated in exhibition “New Space” by Vietnamese and Singapore artists
1994: Exhibition at The Museum of Fine Art HCMC, Vietnam
1994: Exhibitions in France: at L’espace Jacques Preven, Dunkerque, and Gallery Bellint Paris
1994: Asia International Modern Art Exhibition, Vietnam
1995: Exhibition at The Museum of Fine Art HCMC, Vietnam
1995: Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition, Washington DC touring 7 museums from 1995-1998. “An Ocean Apart” exhibition at Ellipse Arts Center Arlington, Virginia, James A Micherner Art Museum Doylestoye Pennsylvania
1996: Exhibition at Jujita Vente Art Museum, Tokyo
1996: San Jose Museum of Art, California, USA
1997: Selected for Southeast Asian Art – “A New Spirit” with 100 established Asian artists, Singapore
1997: Exhibition at The Museum of Fine Art HCMC, Vietnam
1997: Cultural Representative in Transition, New Vietnamese Painting, Bangkok, Thailand
1998: Exhibition at The Museum of Fine Art HCMC; Asian Modern Art exhibition in VN
1998: Exhibition at H and S Art Gallery, Brussels.
1998: Exhibitions in Paris, Tokyo and USA
1999: Exhibition in HCMC, Vietnam
2000: Exhibition in Singapore
2001: Vietnam-Japan Art Exhibition at The Museum of Fine Art HCMC, Vietnam
2002: Participated in Festival Hue, exhibition at the Champs Elysses Gallery in HCMC, Vietnam
2003: Exhibition in New York, USA
2004: Exhibition at The Museum of Fine Art HCMC, Vietnam
2005: Exhibition at the World Bank, Washington DC, USA
2006, 2007, 2008: Exhibitions at The Museum of Fine Art HCMC, Vietnam
2009: Exhibition of Lacquer in Hanoi
2009, 2010: Exhibitions at The Museum of Fine Art HCMC, Vietnam
2014: Singapore Art Fair, Singapore
2015: International Art Exhibition in Hampstead, UK
2015: Art Expo Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
2015: Bazaar Art Jakarta, Indonesia

PERMANENT MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

National Gallery Singapore
Museum of Fine Art of Vietnam in Hanoi, Vietnam
Museum of Fine Art in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam