Searching For Solace No 1

KV Duong, 2021               

Acrylic & oil on paper 

W42 x H30cm

Most of us are currently living in a densely populated city, socially distancing from others when we are out but with nowhere far to go. Others are living in the vast countryside with few neighbours around. In either scenario, there is a sense of isolation and lost connection with our community. Searching for Solace No. 1 explores some of these feelings that we are currently experiencing and trying to process in a changed world.


Other works by KV Duong:

B'Day acrylic painting on paper by KV Duong  Through the Lattice Window painting by KV Duong   Searching For Solace 3 Acrylic on paper by KV DuongWindy Warriors painting by KV Duong

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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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