Lot 023

b. Vietnam, 1959


Signed and dated 'HOA1996' (lower left)
Gouache on paper
50.5cm x 74cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

ESTIMATE  RM 7,000 - 9,000

Dang Xuan Hoa’s works often feature objects of still life - vases, bowls, fruits, flowers and animals which are symbols of abundance – surrounding a figure. His interest is mainly on the elements of domestic life portrayed from his visual imagination. The haphazard placement of objects in his works and harmony of colour radiate a sense of totality as painting for him is a process of spiritual development. The pictorial structure of his Vat cua Nguoi or Human Objects series developed since the 1990s has aroused the characteristics of his artistic approach.

In Life of a Family, Dang Xuan Hoa illustrates two figures suggesting a parent and child with domestic objects such as a cup and a persimmon fruit executed in his distinctive stylistic manner. The pastel shades of cream, orange and olive with streaks of blue and grey radiate a sense of harmony. Broad and gestural strokes are applied liberally, contributing to an intriguing compositional arrangement while displaying a textural quality.

Dang Xuan Hoa graduated from Hanoi University of Fine Arts in 1983 and participated in his first group exhibition Young Painters in 1985. In 1987, he was selected as one of the young artists to exhibit at the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi. He was a member the Gang of Five, an important movement in the history of contemporary art in Vietnam of the 1990s. The group shared the affinity to combine traditional Vietnamese elements with modernity with a common goal to create works of art in the manner of Abstract Expressionism. They were also dubbed by art critics as the most promising painters of their generation. Other group members included Ha Tri Hieu, Tran Luan, Hong Viet Dung and Pham Quang Vinh. Dang Xuan Hoa was the first Vietnamese artist invited to visit the USA under the Indochina Art’s Project’s visiting-artist programme sponsored by the Asian Cultural Council after the lifting of the American embargo in 1994. He has participated in over 30 national and international exhibitions in Hanoi, Cuba, Hong Kong, Singapore, London, and the United States. His paintings are held in the collection of Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi and Singapore Art Museum, among others.

Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art, Nora Annesley Taylor, University of Hawaii Press, 2004.
Vietnamese Painting From Tradition to Modernity, Les Editions d’Art et d’Histoire, ARHIS, 2003.
Post Doi Moi Vietnamese Art After 1990, Singapore Art Museum 2008.