Nguyen Tuan Dung

“My Art studies have left me with a puzzling question: How to truthfully share the personal identity of the characters I see living around me? I couldn’t achieve this through my portraits and landscapes, until I realised the potential of the objects. Sometimes personal objects can reveal so much more than what we see at first glance.”

From a tiny sidewalk cafe in this Hanoi Street, Nguyen Tuan Dung says:
“See, this bicycle? It is a very old model, the black paint is coming off, yet it is still very strong. It must have travelled between the farm and the city so many times, carrying its load of paddy. The fruits left hanging on the handle must have been in the hands of a little child, and his parents were taking him back to their home in the mid-day heat. They must live in a simple house, close to the rice fields that undulate in the wind.
Now, I start to become part of this life, and to see it in my mind and feel it.”

“I am collecting newspaper, to paint on it. In this way, the world’s events become the canvas on which I paint, so that I can represent the personal lives of the people through the evolving and ever changing world.
The roughness of the paper gives a fantastic contrast with the smoothness and the details I try to put in my subjects”.

From the combinations of the roughness of the newspaper and the hyper realistic style of his paintings, Nguyen Tuan Dung’s bicycles emerge with their own character, almost with a life of their own.

Nguyen Tuan Dung, was born in 1990 in Thanh Hoa in Central Vietnam. He now lives in Vietnam where he dedicates himself to art and teaches.