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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

 

Tacoma by Thu Nguyen

 

Oncoming Storm Paris France by Thu Nguyen

 

A View From Houseboat on the Seine by Thu Nguyen

 

Pier 55 - Red Robin by Thu Nguyen

 

The Canvas Boat by Thu Nguyen

 

Seattle Yatch Club by Thu Nguyen

 

The White Boat by Thu Nguyen

 

The Yellow Paddle by Thu Nguyen

 

May Morning Arkansas River 4 by Thu Nguyen

 

Corner of 157th St. and 168th Ave. by Thu Nguyen

 

Vanilla Sky by Thu Nguyen

 

May Morning Arkansas River 3 by Thu Nguyen

 

La Salle Hotel by Thu Nguyen

 

December Rose by Thu Nguyen

 

Green by Thu Nguyen

 

Seattle Boat Show by Thu Nguyen

 

Ready for Spring by Thu Nguyen

 

Paradise Road by Thu Nguyen

 

May Festival by Thu Nguyen

 

Lotus One by Thu Nguyen

 

Lake Washington Lily Pad 18 by Thu Nguyen

 

Lake Washington Lily Pad 17 by Thu Nguyen

 

Lake Washington Lily Pad 16 by Thu Nguyen

 

Lake Washington Lily Pad 15 by Thu Nguyen

 

Lake Washington Lily Pad 12 by Thu Nguyen

 

Lake Washington Lily Pad 11 by Thu Nguyen

 

Lake Washington Lily Pad 9 by Thu Nguyen

 

Lake Washington Lily Pad 14 by Thu Nguyen

 

Heaven on earth by Thu Nguyen

 

Frosted by Thu Nguyen

 

Leaving Queen Charlotte Sound by Thu Nguyen

 

January Rose by Thu Nguyen

 

Five Red by Thu Nguyen

 

Emerging one by Thu Nguyen

 

April by Thu Nguyen

 

Lake Washington Lily Pad 10 by Thu Nguyen

 

the model and the painting by Thu Nguyen

 

1997-My First Snowy Winter by Thu Nguyen

 

Between the sheets by Thu Nguyen

 

Spring Morning Cabot Arkansas by Thu Nguyen

 

Beverage by Thu Nguyen

 

Winter Afternoon Monroe Washington by Thu Nguyen

 

May Morning Arkansas River 2 by Thu Nguyen

 

Waiting Paris France by Thu Nguyen

 

Monroe Winter 97 by Thu Nguyen

 

Midnight Conversation by Thu Nguyen

 

Mermaid at 52 by Thu Nguyen

 

Summer Morning Cabot Arkansas by Thu Nguyen