Lot 51 | Auction XIX

LOT 51

B. Vietnam, 1959

Human Objects, 1998

Signed and dated “HOA 2/98” on middle right

Gouache on paper

54 x 74 cm


Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 5,000 – RM 8,000

Dang Xuan Hoa expresses emotions through figures and shapes as his compositions appear to be perfect in themselves. His harmony of colours has instant appeal with subtle aesthetics.

His work is in demand all over the world and has been auctioned and exhibited across the globe from New York to Hong Kong to London.

Born in 1959, Dang Xuan Hoa graduated from the Vietnam University of Fine Art in 1983. In his recent paintings, Dang Xuan Hoa remains true to himself, and objects are his main subjects. They are painted in a way to capture their relationship to the world around them. These objects are familiar in the life of the painter. As Dang Xuan Hoa says, they can be found everywhere around me and in the community”.

The objects appear in a kind of multi-layered perspective. Their representation is simple, almost rough. They have a sense of immediacy, directness and power. Art is for Dang Xuan Hoa, simplicity in form and substance.

As a young artist, he painted a wide variety of still-life pieces, only gradually moving on to a figuration that has come to dominate his art. For Dang Xuan Hoa, still life offered him the opportunity to experiment, and his later portraits he has used elements and many motifs such as vases, flowers, bowls and cats, of his still life to enhance many of his best portraits and self portraits.