Ngyuen Minh Thanh

Old Woman




Nguyen Minh Thanh paints beautifully rendered portraits usually in ink and watercolor on traditional hand made rice paper. Thanh's earlier work focused on self-portraits combined with images of objects laden with cultural meaning such as ties, bricks, umbrellas, eggs and plants. His self-portraits combine his likeness and these other elements in a myriad of compositions. These paintings give the viewer the dual sense of the simplicity and the complexity of human identity. In 1997 Thanh painted the last of his self-portraits and now chooses to make portraits of the people around him including old women and close friends.


"Woman" Chinese ink and watercolor on rice paper, 80 x 125 cm, 1998




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