Der Streckenlauf, 2018.
The beauty is in the simplicity
Artist Ly Nguyen does not like to set herself any boundaries in her work as a painter. She does not follow any strict concept or rules but rather lets herself be inspired by her surroundings: «I often go outside and capture my environment with an inner recorder. And if there's something there that catches my attention, I try to bring that back to the canvas in my studio,» explains the artist. She translates these impressions with the brush through movements of her hands and allows forms to emerge through the application of the paint. Currently, she is also experimenting with sculpture and installation, incorporating found objects into her works, such as vinyl records. This is all part of the process of Lu Ngyuyen’s painting, where developing and pushing one’s practice through another medium can open up areas within the primary expression.
Ly Nguyen has been studying painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich since 2016 and is currently examining the essence and simplicity of given impressions within her practice, which find their voice through her pictorial compositions. She seeks to retain the pure form and preserves on the canvas «As something is, it is good and I will not make it better, or bigger, if this is not already the case».
The word comes before the painting
When Nguyen begins a new work, she usually already knows the title, but rarely what the painting will look like in the end. Working primarily with oil on canvas, her paintings consciously elaborate her inner world. This is exemplified in the square painting Bubble (2020), which was inspired by a conversation in a café about chewing gum. The abstract painting consists of light, transient forms that play with porosity and transparency. The colour palette is calm yet strong.
The artist accompanies the works with subtitles, which encourage the viewer to read into the mind of the abstract image, «You never know what will remain in the viewers' minds. And that's not so important, as long as an emotion, a thought or inspiration can be taken away.»
Text by Gianna Rovere
Biography Ly Nguyen
born 1992 in Germany
since 2016 Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany / Painting and Graphics, Class Prof. Gregor Hildebrandt
BFF, NoDepression Room , Munich, Germany
Blick nach vorn, Galerie Klüser, Munich, Germany
Der River, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
Schauburg Theater, Munich, Germany
Grzegorzkis Seven, Kunstverein Heppenheim, Heppenheim, Germany
Annual Exhibition of Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Class Prof. Gregor Hildebrandt, Munich, Germany
Wir schwimmen alle im gleichen Wasser, Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany
Singer of the band PAAR
Ly Nguyen is also the singer of her band PAAR.
Chrome lacquer, oil on canvas / 120 x 120 cm / 47.2 x 47.2 in / €2,650
Oil on canvas / 135 x 120 cm / 53.1 x 47.2 in / €2,450
Oil on canvas / 70 x 80 cm / 27.6 x 31.5 in / €1,500
Oil on canvas / 75 x 75 cm / 29.5 x 29.5 in / €950
Oil on black canvas / 80 x 60 cm / 31.5 x 23.6 in / €1,360