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In Conversation with Khanh

Nguyen Xuan Khanh is a Vietnamese artist whose paintings stand between minimalism and impressionism with concise layouts and figures. He composes large, immersive paintings that preserve beauty and envelop the viewer in joyful art. His work Late Autumn 14 will be featured during the New Impressionism Auction, which will take place on SINGULART from June 3 to June 9.

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Khanh in his studio

1. When and how did you know you were going to become an artist? 

After I spent many jobs pursuing the art career since I was 20.

2. What are your main artistic influences and which artists are you most inspired by? For which reasons?

I like Piet Mondrian, Vicent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin due to the simplicity of layout, shape and color.

3. What message or which emotions would you like to convey through your paintings?

I love Ao dai (Vietnamese traditional long dress) and the schoolgirls’ grace in Ao dai. I hope everyone can know more about Vietnam, I especially hope they can remember Ao dai is a part of Vietnamese traditional culture.

4. What is your favorite painting subject and why?

I love the ancient streets in Hanoi and school girls in seasons. 

5. What do you think about contemporary impressionism?

Contemporary impressionism now doesn’t have clear boundaries. We usually see a combination of impression with symbolism and expression, etc. That is the combination of the description of the subject with the artist’s introspection.

6. What advice would you give to emerging artists?

To emerging artists, the most important thing is the passion for art, the basic background (knowledge, shaping skills) and the spirit of hard-work.