Craig Thomas Gallery has announced – Tribe of Loneliness – a solo exhibition of mixed media paintings by Saigon-based artist Luong Luu Bien.
The collection will be open to viewing by the public at CTG’s Tran Nhat Duat gallery from July 17 to Aug.6, 2020.
A signature of Luong Luu Bien’s work has always been a raw emotional honesty that gives the viewer the sense that what is being expressed comes from a real place within the artist’s psyche.
Bien is not creating images for just visual effect, but instead channelling his deepest feelings directly onto his canvases.
The works of Bien’s 2009 collection Fossils pictured spare figures in cramped and oppressive scenarios that conjured up alienation and loneliness, feelings which Bien confirms he often experienced as a child and young man.
This fearlessness in expressing his inner turmoil and pain has always made Bien’s work uniquely compelling and allowed the viewer to continuously lose themselves in the one act plays that his paintings resemble.
The works of Tribe of Loneliness continue to explore the artist’s obsessions with isolation and social disaffection, but paintings like Private Corner and The Way of Pilgrims also radiate feelings of love, warmth and humour, which seem to reflect Bien’s personal growth over the ensuing decade.
There is a natural tension between hope and despair in the paintings of this collection which speaks deeply of the human condition.
Bien says, “From silent private spaces, from individuals screaming in their loneliness, I come towards compositions that are more crowded. They are congregations, communities of people, societies. This, however, is the perspective of someone who is escaping this individuality and taking on the perspective of one living among a greater collective. Every person is within themselves an entire world and this fact becomes more pronounced when we are brought together.”
What also remains unchanged is Bien’s unique creative method which employs techniques learned studying lacquer painting to create mixed media works that have the effect of being sculptures painted into canvas.
A master of anatomical painting, Bien almost invariably depicts the characters in his paintings naked in a world devoid of any context but colour and mood.
Bien says, “The rhythm of my new work is reflected in the figures of the dancers. I continue to work in mixed media and combine several techniques in my paintings. The arrangement of elements in composition and the lines in my paintings are quite similar to lacquer paintings and engraved printing. Further, the way I apply multiple thin layers of colour in my works is similar to the techniques in lacquer and silk painting.”
One remarkable departure in this latest collection from Bien’s earlier work is his choice to work with much larger canvasses than in previous collections.
This includes the compositions of large diptychs like the painting Tribe of Loneliness, the style of which the artist equates to paintings from the Renaissance which were filled with numerous people on grand stages.
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(Please scroll down for English) �Ngày 17 tháng 7 (Thứ Sáu tuần sau, từ 18-21 giờ), sẽ diễn ra khai mạc triển lãm Bầy Cô Đơn của hoạ sĩ Lương Lưu Biên, một hoạ sĩ được yêu thích của CTG từ rất lâu, giới thiệu bộ sưu tập tác phẩm mới nhất của anh. Biên là hoạ sĩ đầu tiên có triển lãm cá nhân tại Craig Thomas Gallery vào năm 2009, cũng là năm gallery thành lập. Triển lãm: Bầy Cô Đơn, hoạ sĩ Lương Lưu Biên Khai mạc triển lãm: 17 tháng 7 năm 2020, 18-21 giờ Địa điểm: Craig Thomas Gallery, 27(i) Trần Nhật Duật, P. Tân Định, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh Thời gian triển lãm: 17 tháng 7 – 6 tháng 8 năm 2020 — Coming in mid July (17th) will be long-time CTG favorite Luong Luu Bien with his latest collection of evocative and emotional paintings. Bien was the first artist to have a solo show at CTG back in 2009. Artist: Luong Luu Bien Solo exhibition: Tribe of Loneliness Opening reception: 17 July 2020, 6-9pm Location: Craig Thomas Gallery, 27(i) Tran Nhat Duat, Tan Dinh Ward, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City Exhibition dates: 17 July – 6 August 2020 #tribeofloneliness #baycodon #luongluubien #vietnamcontemporaryart #hochiminhcity #oil #exhibition
Bien says, “My larger compositions depict my scepticisms on the meaning of life, the meaning of freedom and the act of living in a group. They focus on the actions, transactions, and disputes undertaken to achieve our daily needs; or they show our errors and confusion as we seek to find our way to a religious faith which can lead us to an eternal, constant and true place.”
With his latest collection Tribe of Loneliness, Luong Luu Bien once again presents a series of visceral vignettes that express the vulnerable and isolated side of the human condition, and, what one feels is also a window into the mind and soul of the artist.
Taken together they evince the continuing evolution of this most interesting of Vietnamese visual artists and show him to be at the height of his considerable powers.
Exhibition dates: July 17 – August 6, 2020
Location: Craig Thomas Gallery, 27(i) Tran Nhat Duat, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1
For more information, call 090 388 8431, email email@example.com and visit cthomasgallery.com