The gallery owner, Nguyen T.T. Suong has this to say about his art:
"HONG VIET DUNG is a messenger of peace.
His body of work embodies all that which he holds true-peace
and attainment thereof. Each canvas that bears his name is Zen-like
through his chosen elements, colours, techniques.
A serene landscape, a solitary soul, a singular moment
manifested so effortlessly. In each of his work a story unfolds-
a universal message of lasting peace.
It is evident in HONG VIET DUNG'S body of work
that one must see through the apparent simplicity of its elements
to understand his message. Once you allow yourself
to be immersed in the subtleties and details contained in each scene,
the complexity of life slowly and steadfastly
becomes immaterial and ceases to exist.
A keen eye will notice solitary details in his canvas- a boat, a farmer,
a lotus, a water buffalo- all overshadowed by expansive forests,
lakes or gigantic trees. They are by no means an after thought but
rather accords the viewer an alternate perspective of what the artists
considers essential. In the artist's own words, we glimpse his life's mantra:
"I love to paint the simplicity of peacefulness around me."
and that my friends,
is what I got up to on a steamy day in Saigon.
Ben Thanh Art & Frame
7 Nguyen Thiep St.
Tel: (+848) 38233001
139 Dong Khoi St.
Tel: (+848) 38242723
Photos: Jeanne Henriques