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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

 

In Loving Memory Of Bobo by Thu Nguyen

 

May Morning Arkansas River by Thu Nguyen

 

Unclad 2007 exhibit by Thu Nguyen

 

in the studio by Thu Nguyen

 

Eugene and Evans' Banana Tree by Thu Nguyen

 

Coming Home by Thu Nguyen

 

three boats by Thu Nguyen

 

Seattle Waterfront by Thu Nguyen

 

Deep in thought by Thu Nguyen

 

Lone Seagull by Thu Nguyen

 

My little cheese cake - Wah Zhee Tah by Thu Nguyen

 

Baby bath mama by Thu Nguyen

 

full frontal well almost by Thu Nguyen

 

Blue by Thu Nguyen

 

The Valentine Dress by Thu Nguyen

 

Enfamil at Ha Long Bay Vietnam by Thu Nguyen

 

10 30 A.M. by Thu Nguyen

 

8 30 A.M. by Thu Nguyen

 

6 30 A.M. by Thu Nguyen

 

7 30 A.M. by Thu Nguyen

 

5 30 a.m. by Thu Nguyen

 

9 30 am by Thu Nguyen

 

1 am by Thu Nguyen

 

Midnight by Thu Nguyen

 

7 am by Thu Nguyen

 

2 30 am by Thu Nguyen

 

3 30 am by Thu Nguyen

 

4 30 am by Thu Nguyen

 

1 30 am by Thu Nguyen

 

6 A.M. by Thu Nguyen

 

2 am by Thu Nguyen

 

12 30 A M by Thu Nguyen

 

9 am by Thu Nguyen

 

5 A.M. by Thu Nguyen

 

10 AM by Thu Nguyen

 

11 am by Thu Nguyen

 

Forbidden Fruits by Thu Nguyen

 

Easter Sunday by Thu Nguyen

 

September Night by Thu Nguyen

 

November Rose by Thu Nguyen

 

March Rose by Thu Nguyen

 

Arkansas Green by Thu Nguyen

 

February Rose by Thu Nguyen

 

Beijing in August by Thu Nguyen

 

Last Fall in Monroe by Thu Nguyen

 

Red Green and Purple by Thu Nguyen

 

First in Cabot by Thu Nguyen

 

Leaving Monroe by Thu Nguyen