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Thu Nguyen

ThuNguyen

Honokaa, Hawaii

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I was born in Saigon, Vietnam. Being very shy, I spent much of my childhood hiding away upstairs painting, instead of playing with other children. My first brush with success was a Best of Show prize at the 1974 children's exhibition in Saigon sponsored by UNICEF. In 1975 Saigon fell and in the resulting confusion I was separated from my parents. I ended up in a refuge camp near Hong Kong for a year prior to immigrating to the United States as an orphan. After one very snowy and cold winter in Pennsylvania, I went to Los Angeles to stay with some relatives.
During my high school years, I earned extra money doing fashion modeling work in the garment district and upon graduation started on the pre-med program in college. During this time I fell in love with art again and changed my major to art. While in college I had an acting stint in Hollywood on the side (I got a part in Oliver Stone's 'Heaven and Earth' and followed with a lead role in Elizabeth Hong Yang's 'Touch Within' in China).
After getting my art degree, I have since settled down to pursue my art career in Los Angeles, later Seattle and finally Hawaii with the big excitement being adopting my first daughter from China and my second daughter from Vietnam.

Professional qualifications:

BFA in painting, California State University Long Beach .
Two grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation
Three grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.
My work is represented in many public and private collections in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Mexico.

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions:

Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) 2016 portrait competition exhibition (March 12, 2016 through January 8, 2017). It will then travel to five host museums across the country:

Tacoma Art Museum, WA
February 4, 2017 to May 14, 2017
 
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
June 2, 2017 to September 10, 2017
 
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
October 8, 2017 to January 7, 2018
 
Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum, Naples, FL
January 31, 2018 to May 6, 2018
 
Ackland Museum of Art, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC
June 1, 2018 to August 26, 2018



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Thu Nguyen's contact :
thu@thunguyenpaintings.com
or
darlene.nguyen.ely@gmail.com

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You can buy my original paintings at :
Thu Nguyen Art Gallery, Kamuela, Hawaii
www.thunguyenartgallery.com

 

Meditation by Thu Nguyen

 

me at work by Thu Nguyen

 

Peace at last by Thu Nguyen

 

me at work 5 by Thu Nguyen

 

me at work 4 by Thu Nguyen

 

me at work 3 by Thu Nguyen

 

me at work 2 by Thu Nguyen

 

me at work by Thu Nguyen

 

The Morning Symphony by Thu Nguyen

 

Two Boats by Thu Nguyen

 

Lake Washington Lily Pad 5 by Thu Nguyen

 

Tacoma by Thu Nguyen

 

Red by Thu Nguyen

Red

 

Trunk of Life by Thu Nguyen

 

Sweet Dreams by Thu Nguyen

 

3 A.M. by Thu Nguyen

 

Sleep by Thu Nguyen

 

Lily Pad 19 by Thu Nguyen

 

Change of Season by Thu Nguyen

 

Looking Ahead by Thu Nguyen

 

Port of Seattle by Thu Nguyen

 

Laupahoehoe by Thu Nguyen

 

Looking Up by Thu Nguyen

 

Contemplation by Thu Nguyen

 

Looking Away by Thu Nguyen

 

Mending by Thu Nguyen

 

The Meeting by Thu Nguyen

 

Amelie-An and her ducks by Thu Nguyen

 

Leader and Followers by Thu Nguyen

 

The Sidewalk Religion by Thu Nguyen

 

Grab tear and spill by Thu Nguyen

 

Facing Storm by Thu Nguyen

 

Missing The Boat by Thu Nguyen

 

Ticket To Ride by Thu Nguyen

 

Go-Betweens by Thu Nguyen

 

Passing Train by Thu Nguyen

 

I Can Fly by Thu Nguyen

 

Burlington Northern Santa Fe by Thu Nguyen

 

Star Maker by Thu Nguyen

 

Alone Together by Thu Nguyen

 

Amelie-An 's World by Thu Nguyen

 

Why Me by Thu Nguyen

 

Nooo by Thu Nguyen

 

Amelie-An 15 by Thu Nguyen

 

No by Thu Nguyen

No

 

Learning to talk by Thu Nguyen

 

Amelie-An 12 by Thu Nguyen

 

Amelie-An 11 by Thu Nguyen