Thursday, 9 July 2015

An Explosion of Colours

Truong Buu Giam’s awesome paintings display an overwhelming explosion of colours, challenging the limits of conventional art and subtly blending Eastern and Western Art traditions.

Very much in tune with the editorial line of this blog, the artist we are featuring today states the following about Art: “Art is an international language, it doesn’t matter what race you are, where you come from, you have a feeling when you listen to a song, look at a painting, you have your emotion, only you know it in your soul, so Art touches the heart and makes people feel.”

Truong Buu Giam, born on Christmas Eve, 1948, in South Vietnam, and whose name means  “Preserving the Precious and the Beautiful”, lived through the Vietnam War and left his country and all his possessions for the United States, where he was able to proceed with his painting. Curiously enough, his art seems to justify the meaning of his name, since he creates unique, extraordinarily beautiful paintings soaked in colour and produced by unusual and varied artistic media. He resorts to the use of basic colours with powder, epoxy, resin, liquid gold and liquid silver, thereby defying common classification and falling within what he calls “abstract impressionism with Asian art overtones.”

In fact, his technique evokes the spirit of Oriental art, which has been passed on for thousands of years, and blends it with the Western culture to create unexpected juxtapositions of colours which go beyond conventional boundaries. His profusely coloured paintings, therefore, demand attention from viewers who may, at first, spontaneously stand back to gaze at a work, only to move closer to it to discover in awe the countless details which may elude a distracted on-looker.

“I’m seeking to create something unique, which cannot be copied”, Truong Buu Giam says about his work. And, indeed, he has succeeded for his art, in all its splendour, demands “an extra moment, … a moment you will never forget. A magical moment when you move beyond just looking at the painting to when you suddenly begin to see the painting.”

As someone introduced him, Truong Buu Giam is an “extremely powerful artist with amazing vision and scope, who deliberately creates waves of motion with intoxicating colours that blend East and West with spellbinding results. His diverse creativity offers a stunning, ecstatic vision of nature”, which breaks conventional boundaries to the delight of all those who can enjoy gazing at his works.

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