Collision No 7

KV Duong, 2020               

Acrylic and collage on board

W30 x H40 x D5 cm

KV’s art making involves ripping and overlaying various images of previous paintings, historic images of the Vietnam war, photographs of the artist’s body painting performances, and layering paint on top to build new narrative while revealing some of the work’s history.


Other works by KV Duong:

B'Day acrylic painting on paper by KV Duong Collision No 5 collage painting by KV Duong Collision No 13 collage painting by KV DuongWindy Warriors painting by KV Duong

About the artist


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KV DuongArtist: KV Duong

KV Duong (b.1980 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam) is a London-based artist with a practice that spans painting, sculpture, and performance. Duong grew up in Canada to Chinese Vietnamese parents displaced by the Vietnam War. In his work he explores themes of migration and cultural assimilation, through a re-examination of his parents’ and his own experiences. War trauma and integration correlate with the artist’s coming out as a gay Asian man.

KV creates imagined landscapes using various media such as historic Vietnam War images and documentation, his own body painting images, and found objects and materials that have personal significance. He retells a history that has been distorted through media censorship and displaced through passed-on experiences, and in so doing suggests a new psychological reality. The material surface is corrupted—ripped, scratched, painted over—to disrupt any simple representation. The traumatised surface of the final work responds to conflict and the altered effects of the original events of war migration and suppression of speech. In some works, perspective and scale are warped to create a tension between the object and subject relation.

KV is a self-taught artist with a Masters in Structural Engineering. He has contributed to several juried competitions including Derwent Art Prize (2016), Discerning Eye (2020), Royal Cambrian (2021, 2022) & Royal Ulster Academy Open (2021), Barbican Arts Group Trust Open (2021), BBC’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Programme (2019) and Sky Landscape Artist of the Year (2022). Duong presented his first institutional soho exhibition at the Migration Museum earlier in 2022.

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