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ANCIENT PINES PROJECT

The landscape paintings of Los Angeles artist Hung Viet Nguyen observe specimens in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine forest, an old-growth forest in Central California with trees over four-thousand years old. Though each specimen is centrally composed, Nguyen develops animated relationships between the foreground, middle ground, and background. Nguyen’s heavily built-up surfaces add sculptural dimension, while each section is stylistically compartmentalized. Nguyen’s paintings through their use of saturated pigments, visual contrast, and physicality express a fully-realized exploration of the creative process through the artist's ongoing involvement with this site.