D Contemporary, in partnership with the Embassy of Vietnam, Strategy International and Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, are pleased to announce our upcoming exhibition Xeo Chu: Big World Seen From Little Eyes.
This exhibition explores Xeo Chu’s past decade of his childhood growing up not just as a child, but also as an aspiring young artist recognised worldwide. His work is also regarded as a personal diary, giving us an insight into the everyday life of a young Vietnamese artist. Through the exhibition, Chu’s techniques and styles can be seen developing and taking on a real form over the course of 10 years, gearing towards abstract expressionism; similar to the works of Jackson Pollock. Chu’s works also feature many of Vietnam’s great landmarks, such as Ha Long Bay and Mu Cang Chai, as he is determined to bring Vietnam’s beauty and culture to the world through his exhibitions. All of his paintings are done using acrylic paint on canvas, though he does incorporate water as a technique for his more recent works.
The exhibition features 41 paintings that Chu has dedicated the last 10 years growing up in Vietnam painting. Showcasing 3 to 4 paintings per year, this exhibition offers a front seat in the journey of a young Vietnamese painter with sheer passion for art. The ‘Mu Cang Chai’ series is also on display, paintings of rice fields grown on the side of mountain ranges particular to Northern Vietnam; the large yellow silk-like mountain ranges earned themselves a spot as a National Nature Reserve, deemed as one of Vietnam’s most unique national landmarks.
The big world seen from little eyes, Chu continues to explore the world and bring it forth to us in the form of art. “This is my dream. Through my paintings, I hope the world can see how magnificent Vietnam is.”