Through The Lattice Window

KV Duong, 2020               

Acrylic, oil & transfer on board 

W40 x H30 x D5cm

KV explores war, migration and the Asian diaspora through his family’s experiences of cultural assimilation in Canada as a minority immigrant family, and his own subset of integration growing up as a gay Asian male.

Through the Lattice Window - Battle of Hue 1968 is a mixed media work with acrylics, oil and a unique technique of transferring images (not collage) onto a wooden board surface that requires no framing and is ready to hang. It commemorates the Vietnamese civil war battle as a metaphor for KV's own internal struggle. The foreground metallic frames in this piece depicts abstracted traditional Chinese window patterns used in China, Vietnam and Japan. The overlapping of traditional and abstract window frames represents the integration and conflict between KV’s traditional Asian values and his Western liberal upbringing. The top right image is of the key bridge in Hue, the imperial capital of Vietnam, that was bombed during the ‘Battle of Hue’ in 1968 when the North and South Vietnamese were fighting for control of this strategic city. The bottom left image is from one of Duong’s body painting performances.

 

Other works by KV Duong:

Windy Warriors painting by KV DuongSaigon Sisters painting by KV Duong

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KV DuongArtist: KV Duong

KV Duong is a London based painter and action artist. His work focuses on personal identity, war migration, sexuality and human relationships. He draws from personal experiences having grown up in Saigon and Toronto, and is now living in London, to explore the integration and conflict of Eastern and Western cultures and values.

His 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. Topics of war migration and the Asian diaspora are examined through his family’s experiences of cultural assimilation in Canada as a minority immigrant family, and his own subset of integration growing up as a gay Asian male. 

KV’s body painting performances further reveal the vulnerability of his life experiences. The intimacy and interaction of skin, canvas and paint is explored in both his live and studio paintings.

KV has exhibited nationally and internationally and has had several solo shows in London: Streatham Space Project, RB12, and WSP Design Studio Residency. Selected group exhibitions and prizes include ING Discerning Eye, Derwent Art Prize, Royal Cambrian Academy Open, Curious Duke Gallery’s Secret Art Prize, It’s Art Call competition at After Nyne Gallery, ArtRooms, Winter and Summer Salon at Concept Space. KV was a profiled artist on the BBC’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Programme in 2019. His work is held in several private collections globally including Ashurst London Headquarter.

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