Parlour Games

Size: 60.25 X 32.25 in.
Oil and Pastel on Canvas

Current location: Vancouver

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The artist states: "I have come to see common threads running through all of the discussions pertaining to my paintings. People often find excitement in locating the historical art references peppered throughout the works. My paintings have become vignettes that encourage voyeurism within a fictional context. They look at this macabre cast of characters, and find ways to anthropomorphize them, find commonalities, and fabricate archetypes. They will point to a particular creature and say something on the lines of, “I relate to this figure the most.” (I can picture this as an alternative Buzzfeed personality quiz.) The unfolding of this realization has led me to view my paintings as self-reflective like funhouse mirrors—the viewer looks for any semblance of him or herself in the painting to be able to form a relation."

Nguyen's illustrative paintings employ a variety of techniques using oil paint and pastel on a canvas surface. Rife with narrative symbols, her dramatic tableaus sing with chaotic tension and humorous undertones. Painted in jewel tones and highlighted by soft-hued pastels, starkly contrasted by bold gestural markings, Nguyen's works are ready to hang framed or unframed.

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