ANCIENT PINE (2015-present)
Hung Viet Nguyen
I have visited the Ancient Bristlecone Pine forest (Big Pine city, California) for many times (2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2016,…). The trees grow between 9,800 and 11,000 feet (3000-3400m) above sea level. Many are well over 2,000 years old, and some of the oldest in the forest are dated at more than 4,000 years old. Each tree has his/her own space, not growing very close to each others as other trees in other forest. It took me many years in order to feel and understand a little about these trees, so that I can slowly start creating a new series painting: ” ANCIENT PINE”.
How do the trees survive for many centuries within harsh environment and poor nutrition soil? Besides that, they are so beautiful and unique! While looking at the ancient pine trees, either at the forest or at the photos I took, I am also thinking about the arts, the artists, myself,… something I can relate!
Hung Viet Nguyen Artist Hung Viet Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1957. He studied Biology at Science University in Saigon, Vietnam, then transitioned to working as an illustrator, graphic artist and designer since settlement in the U.S. in 1982. He developed his artistry skills independently, studying many traditional Eastern and Western forms, media and techniques. Nguyen’s complex, labor intensive investigations of oil paint reveal a methodical mastery of texture.
Hung Viet Nguyen has exhibited art works at many Art Fairs: ART CONTEXT NEW YORK, PALM BEACH ART MIAMI, LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARY ART, PALM SPRINGS FINE ART, FABRIK EXPO LOS ANGELES (2016 Art Fairs). SPECTRUM MIAMI ART SHOW, ART SILICON-SAN FRANCISCO, HOUSTON FINE ART FAIR, ART SAN DIEGO, WestEDGE DESIGN FAIR-SANTA MONICA (2015 Art Fairs). Honors include the Juror’s Choice Awards, 2013, and the San Diego Art Institute Biennial International Award Exhibition, 2015.