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"A Whiter Shade of Pale"
- Oil paintings by Nguyen Dieu Thuy
19 April - 6 May 2002Zee Stone Gallery is proud to present a collection of recent oil paintings by the Vietnamese artist, Nguyen Dieu Thuy. Evoking a calm, meditative mood, Thuy employs a subtle, almost monochromatic palette, distinctive for its inspired use of white paint. Her paintings encompass a wide range of subject matter: semi-abstract compositions of symmetrically arranged rice bowls and chopsticks, women dressed in traditional white ao dai in reflective poses, and waterside scenes of fishermen or people working in the rice fields which capture the atmosphere of the artist's native environment in southern Vietnam.
Nguyen Dieu Thuy's work is representative of the growing maturity and confidence in the Vietnamese contemporary art scene. In composition, her paintings reflect the formal principles of Western painting, resulting in a pleasing graphic simplicity and a feeling of balance. In their inspiration and subject matter, on the other hand, they are distinctly Vietnamese in mood. Combining pure white and earth tones with a fine sense of line, Thuy's dream-like works epitomise the grace and poise of the Vietnamese aesthetic.
Nguyen Dieu Thuy was born in Ho Chi Minh City in 1962. After graduating from the Conservatoire de Musique in Ho Chi Minh City in 1988, she worked as a teacher and a violinist in the Conservatoire's Symphony Orchestra before embarking on a career as a professional artist in 1991. Her work has since been exhibited in Asia, Europe and North America.