The Happening

New works by Saigon-based artist Pham Thanh Toan Pham Thanh Toan burst like a phenomenon onto the contemporary art scene of Saigon in 2018. Born in 1992, Toan exhibits a preternatural confidence and ability with his bold, over-sized canvases. He first exhibited at CTG (www.cthomasgallery.com) in 2018 and CTG will be taking a collection of his work to Los Angeles in late 2019. The … Read more

Survival

A solo exhibition of paintings by Hanoi-based artist Nguyen Minh Nam With his latest collection Survival, Nguyen Minh Nam continues to explore and develop his unique esthetic as he delves deeper into his particular fascinations, which include the female form, traditional architecture and, most prominently, the continuing evolution of the roles and mores of women … Read more

Royal Showing

Dare to stare at this bold batch of over-sized canvases While there is no blueprint for when an artist should achieve what might be called “success,” oil painting is not typically a medium where history has thrown up a large number of wunderkinder. Of course there are outliers like Jean-Michel Basquiat who burst onto the stage in their early 20s, but the majority … Read more

Abandoned by Heaven

Where is Vietnamese society heading if it fails to cultivate and nurture its centuries-old traditional folk art and cultural practices? At first glance, the paintings of Bui Thanh Tam’s Abandoned by Heaven collection project an air of innocence and a pollyanish sense of contentment. The doe-eyed figures in the paintings look to be in the midst of living happy … Read more

House of Nguyen II

A solo exhibition of oil and lacquer paintings on wood by Saigon-based artist Tran Minh Tam  The first time art lovers and collectors became familiar with Tran Minh Tam’s portrayal of royal characters from the past was in 2013 when he introduced his House of Nguyen I series at Craig Thomas Gallery. The Nguyen Dynasty … Read more

Fading Memories

A solo exhibition of oil paintings by Hanoi-based artist Nguyen Minh Nam Nguyen Minh Nam’s latest collection Fading Memories is a further stanza in his on-going paean to the inevitable losses suffered by traditional Vietnamese culture in the country’s headlong rush into the modern world. While there is clearly regret at the fading of culture-defining … Read more

Happily Never After

A solo exhibition of mixed media paintings by Saigon-based artist Khoa Le Khoa Le is a young visual artist who also works as an illustrator and an author of short stories and picture books for children. Her diverse skill set is on full display in the fantastical creations of the Happy Never After series. Khoa’s … Read more

Hometown

Famous for depicting female figures in ao dais, artist Nguyen Thanh Binh’s latest work comes as a surprise Nguyen Thanh Binh is a world-renowned artist whose iconic work has received international acclaim and frequently been exhibited in Europe, Asia and the US. In preparation for the opening of Hometown, he takes some time off to … Read more

Morning in the Mountains

A solo exhibition of mixed media paintings by Hanoi-based artist Nguyen The Hung Born and raised in Tuyen Quang Province in Northeastern Vietnam, much of Nguyen The Hung’s work is influenced by the cultures and traditions of the many ethnic minority groups that populate the mountains of his native region. “The idea for this collection … Read more