Session #ONE

JAM’Vision X Hom Nguyen

The stroke of a lifeline

« I do not look for ultimate beauty, I look for feelings and their substance. »

Hom Nguyen, born in Paris in 1972, is a self-taught artist with instinctive style. As an unconventional personality, his works are just as much.

Hom Nguyen’s style, in its connection with expressionism, speaks to everyone, with immediacy. His unique approach vibrates with contained vivacity, revealing a style of emotion and spirituality beguiling his spectators. Hom Nguyen puts himself on the line and his compositions express this determination. The strokes run across the canvas without really knowing where they are going.

His past as an athlete of extreme sports unconsciously pushes him to experience, yet again, the strength, the glide, the void, and the transcendence, which we find in his pencil drawings.
His first experience with color was with patina on leather shoes. As a child, he showed an early talent for drawing, yet 2009 was the year art took over his life – like a dire need to express his feelings when his mother died. His mother was from the “boat people” generation who immigrated to France in the seventies. From the day she passed away, his journey has been a quest for his origins, an interrogation of the past. Hom is a bearer of memories.

June 2009. It has been two months since Hom Nguyen lost his mother. He needs to find himself again, re-charge his batteries. He goes to Vietnam for a month. He arrives in Hanoi where he only stays a few days. This old city of 1000 years, charged with history with its tree-lined streets, its gardens, and its little Parisian touch, unleashes an energy, an atmosphere, which is too unbridled for his taste.
He needs to capture other sensations. He rents a motorcycle and starts his journey. Hom has no specific destination, he just wants to be on the move, live from day to day, let himself be carried away by the people he meets… One day, after riding his motorcycle for over 10 hours, he takes a main road, then a smaller one, and notices an old dilapidated sign that points to a possible shortcut, and takes it.
Unfortunately, it quickly turns into a rocky track with steep rough slopes. Hom observes and assesses the possibilities and shortcomings for the motorcycle. The shock absorber in the front hits the potholes, the bike takes a first jump, the brakes begin to fail him… It all works out, but what a dizzying experience, he loves it! The only thing is, he is in the middle of nowhere.

It is 7 pm, just when the sun sets at this time of the year. He turns the headlights on, which, of course, only light the stars.Luckily, it is a full moon, the sky is clear, and he ends up in the village of Bao Lac.
This little hamlet in the extreme northeast of Vietnam, on the edge of the northern province of Cao Bang along the Chinese border, looks like the end of the world. Hom stays there for a few days, with a Black Lolo family. The mountainous regions of Bao Lac are home to many ethnic minorities.
Originally from Yunnan in China, the Black Lolos followed the southward migratory movements in the 15th and 18th centuries to settle in the landlocked mountains of the Upper Tonkin. Hom feels at home, he loves the energies that emanate from the mountains.
The Black Lolos believe in spirits and genies. The village chief, the keeper of the sacred copper drums who used to communicate between the living and the dead, invites Hom to a celebration of ancestral rituals. This is a magical moment for Hom, where time is suspended in flight. He is shaken by this experience, which appeases and soothes him at the same time.

Hom Nguyen’s work challenges us, projects us into an imaginary museum where past and present coexist, in a synergy that combines the force of tradition with the vigor of the modern world. The mystical and compassionate energy, present both in his heart and his work, urges the artist to travel the roads of Asia.
The artist’s work is a matter of existential commitment. It keeps a record of the ordeals experienced. It tells the truth, revealing it more extensively, and with deeper intensity. Hom Nguyen’s art merges the visible with the invisible, intimate whims with fleeting dreams.

In perpetual movement, incessantly renewing themselves, constantly experimenting with different mediums, Hom Nguyen’s lines give form to, and simultaneously disfigure, the image emerging from a magma of overlapping tangles and spider-like superimpositions. Between imprint and dissolution, temporary and eternal, Hom Nguyen’s style is particularly sensitive to the human values he embodies and conveys: a sentiment of appeasement, respect, and communion. Values which for him are the foundation of all art, like a path that links one human being to another, and all of us to each other.

Exhibitions

2019 ↓

— Miaja Gallery, solo show, Singapore
— KIAF Art Fair, Seoul, South Korea
— Museum of the French Foreign Legion, portraits of Legionnaires, permanent artwork, Corse, France
— L’Embarcadère – cultural centre, solo show, Montceau-les-Mines, France
— MUDDAC, museum of the art of the citadel in Calvi, Solo Show, Calvi, Corse, France
— Château Madame de Graffigny (Madame de Graffigny’s Castle), Racines, Solo show, Villers-lès-Nancy, France
— Tribute to Édith Piaf, Tenon Hospital, Paris, France
— Togeth’her, Vogue, Monnaie de Paris, France
— So What, Subhashok the Arts Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

2018 ↓

— Dark Side , solo show, A2Z Art Gallery, Paris, France
— You Man, solo show, A2Z Art Gallery, Hong Kong
— Voyage, Station, represented by A2Z Art Gallery, Paris, France
— Life’s Doodle, Bangkok, represented by A2Z Art Gallery
— Grand Palais, Art Paris Art Fair, represented, by A2Z Art Gallery, Paris
— Bvlgari, Place Vendôme Paris, France

2017 ↓
— Ligne de Vie, Montresso Art Foundation, Marrakesh, Morocco
— Trajectory, solo show, A2Z Art Gallery, Paris, France
— Massey Muséum / Le Carmel, solo show in collaboration with A2Z Art Gallery, Tarbes, France
— Art Paris Art Fair, represented, among others, by A2Z Art Gallery, Grand Palais, Paris, France
— Art Central HongKong, represented, among others, by A2Z Art Gallery, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong
2016 ↓
— Asia Now, Paris Asian Art Fair, represented by A2Z Art Gallery, 9 avenue Hoche, Paris, France
— Serie Sans Repères, solo show, A2Z Art Gallery, Hong Kong, China
— Inner Cry, solo show, A2Z Art Gallery, Paris, France
— Serie Sans Repères, represented by A2Z Art Gallery, Bali, Indonésie
— Serie Sans Repères, solo show represented by A2Z Art Gallery at the Palais of Tokyo, Paris, France
— Art Paris Art Fair, represented, among others, by A2Z Art Gallery, Grand Palais, Paris, France
— Art Central HongKong, represented, among others, by A2Z Art Gallery, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong
— Art Stage Singapour, represented, among others, by A2Z Art Gallery, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapour
2015 ↓
— Etat second, group show (Hom Nguyen, Jin Bo, Gaël Davrinche, Kent Williams, Émeric Chantier), A2Z Art Gallery, Paris, France
— Exposition collective d’été, group show (Hom Nguyen, Wang Keping, Ma Desheng, Nicolas Panayotou, Zhang Wei, Jin Bo), A2Z Art Gallery, Paris, France
— Art Paris Art Fair, represented, among others, by A2Z Art Gallery, Grand Palais, Paris, France
— Le combat du siècle, Solo Show, A2Z Art Gallery, Paris, France
2014 ↓
— Levée de voile, Solo Show, Galerie Favardin & De Verneuil, Paris, France
2013 ↓
— Beirut Art Fair, Beyrouth, Liban
— Hôtel Drouot, Auction Sales, Paris, France
2011 ↓
— Fondation Pierre Bergé, the artwork Geisha has been made with the collaboration of Ora-ïto, Auctions-Sales, Bruxelles, Belgique
Notable works
— Napoléon, MUDDAC, museum of the art of the citadel in Calvi, 2019
— Michelle Obama, Christie’s, Auction Sales, 2019
— La vie en rose, tribute to Édith Piaf, Hôpital Tenon, 2019
— Série Trajectoire, mixed medias and multiples sizes, 2017
— Serie Ligne de vie, 300 x 500 cm, mixed medias, 2017
— Serie Inner Cry, mixed medias and multiples sizes, 2016
— Série Sans Repères, mixed medias and multiples sizes, 2015 – 2016
— Hidden (Mizaru / Kikazaru / Iwazaru), 2015
— Grand-Mère, raconte-moi («Grandmother, tell me»), Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, Paris, 2015
— Jean-Marc Mormeck, « Le combat du siècle », A2Z Art Gallery, Paris, France, 2015
— Gandhi, Hommage, Paris Match, 2014
— La Vénus à la fourrure, Portrait of Marie Gillain, 2014
— Nelson Mandela, Hommage, 2013
— Angie, série portrait d’enfant, 2013
— Anthony Hopkins, Hôtel Drouot, Auction Sales, 2013