ANCIENT BRISTLECONE PINEs_by Hung Viet Nguyen
I have visited the Ancient Bristlecone Pine forest (Big Pine city, California) for many times (2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017...). The trees grow between 9,800 and 11,000 feet (3000-3400m) above sea level. Many are well over 2,000 years old, and some of the oldest in the forest are dated at more than 4,000 years old.
(2015 - present)
Nguoi Viet Daily News_ At LA ART SHOW 2018 (Vietnamese)
Reporter Dan Huynh of Nguoi Viet Daily News and artist Hung Viet Nguyen reported few art scenes at LA Art Show 2018
Ancient Pine Tree_over Ego Self-portrait
Painting Ancient Pine Tree over my Self-portrait; My ego was nothing compared to the beauty of Nature.
Sketching_ANCIENT LONE PINE #12
Oil sketching directly on panel from a photo I took at Bristlecones Pine Forest.
Through many years, artist Hung Viet Nguyen has been hiking at the local beach Palos Verdes, then he processes the landscape into his unique oil painting.
Nguoi Viet Daily News_ Inspirations from coastal Palos Verdes, CA(Vietnamese)
A short document about artist Hung Viet Nguyen and his nature inspiration toward his art by journalist/camera/photographer Dan Huynh of Nguoi Viet TV
International BOTART_Collection by Hung Viet Nguyen
I start with few rough sketches in order to find a good composition. Once I am satisfied, I manipulate the paint medium into forms, spaces and movement that I have planned. Although my painting process seems to have a constructed methodology, my artwork develops on its own accord and is independent of my will. I rarely control it because painting is a spiritual practice. It is a mystery that I do not dare try to explain.
VNTV (Viet News TV)_Art San Diego (Vietnamese)
Mr. Quang Vien at VNTV (Viet News TV) in San Diego interviewed artist Hung Viet Nguyen about his art and the current art fair Art San Diego.
VNTV (Viet News TV)_Awards at SDAI, San Diego (Vietnamese)
Ms Van Anh interviewed artist Hung Viet Nguyen after he had received the awards at San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) Biennial International Award Exhibitions (2013 & 2015)
Nguoi Viet Daily News_Artist in Residence in Hollywood (Vietnamese)
Nguoi Viet TV interview artist-in-residence Hung Viet Nguyen by reporter Ngoc Lan, camera man Dan Huynh, photographer Thanh Nguyen at Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood.
OUT OF THIN AIR_LAX Exhibition-Artist Talk with Hung Viet Nguyen
A Ginger Van Hook PhotoJournal and Documentation Video at Los Angeles World Airports - "OUT OF THIN AIR" Terminal 1-Gate 2.
Ms Ysa Le interviewed artist Hung Viet Nguyen about the new series painting "SYMPHONY" exhibiting at Vien Dong Daily News in October, 2005.
SYMPHONY_paintings by Hung Viet Nguyen (2005)
Throughout the many years of hiking along the ocean coast, I noticed the interplay of the rocks and of the water, from observing the thunderous crash of the waves upon the rocks roared with the different sound, to the pebbles that glistened with water.
Timelapse_video of Los Angeles artists Kelly Berg and Hung Viet Nguyen
Time-lapse recording seven days artists residency at Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, CA
Modern Art Blitz At LA ART SHOW 2018
“One of the most difficult feats in art is to be joyful and innocent without being corny, and Hung Viet Nguyen pulls it off. In the cell-like forms I see the artist’s study of biology but also an echo—whether conscious or not—of the great Viennese painter Gustav Klimt.” - Dr. Malcolm Warner, Executive Director at Laguna Art Museum. (2012)
"Nguyen's background in biology also taught him to perceive nature and life at a cellular level, a tendency he has also brought to his paintings. Although his landscapes are far from realistic, with their candy-colored palette and sometimes Seussian compositions, they abound with intricate details born of a keen attention to nature's exquisite patterns and textures. As an artist, Nguyen is largely self-taught, and over the years he has sought inspiration from the works of many masters. In his Mindscapes, in particular, we can see the influence of modern Western artists such as Klimt and even Chuck Close in his mosaic-like floral patterning, Van Gogh in his generous applications and sculpting of oil paint, and Hockney in his meandering landscape compositions and upbeat, sunny palette. "Some of the influences I only realized and found out after the artwork had been completed for awhile," he explains. "They were happening unconsciously." He has also looked to his Asian roots for inspiration, studying traditions as diverse as Chinese scroll paintings, Japanese woodblock prints and ceramic decoration.” – Meher McArthur, Asian Art Historian (2013)
"Hung V. Nguyen’s detailed, jewel-toned landscapes, which he has called Mindscapes, seem fresh, direct, nearly child-like at first glance. Upon close inspection, the paintings recall many periods and places in art history, as well the influence of specific artists from many eras." - Karen Fitch McLean, Recreation Specialist - Art Show Coordinator, Community Services City of Beverly Hills. (2013)
"...Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of these paintings, however, is how all of the disparate elements in the compositions achieve such unity as to make the landscape appear to be single anthropomorphic organism, with rubbery, writhing limbs possessed of weird kinetic life." - Ed McCormack, Gallery & Studio Magazine. (Apr/May 2007)
"His landscapes are intricate, painterly, vibrant in color, and demonstrate not only the skill in his brush strokes, but also reveals a world of abstraction and curiosity which he pursues." - Ginger Van Hook, Photographer/Writer/Curator. (2011)