Silent Journey


    February 13, 2004


    ‘The enormous spaces which comprise the backgrounds… are extremely important in my way of looking at the world. It is the whole composition which is important not merely the objects or subjects which inhabit the work.

    A member of the internationally renowned Hanoi ‘Gang of Five’, Hong Viet Dung’s mediative works are homage to the spiritual and cultural traditions of Vietnam. His muted palette and calm, subtle paintings are an expression of his personality. From his earlier pieces to his current large-scale portraits and landscapes, the works of Dung have a captivating stillness. They are mood pieces, atmospheric paintings with a dreamlike quality. The focus is on the play of light and shade, of form and mood, rather than with verisimilitude of detail.