In my works, you can easily recognize me as a fan of humorous art. I like a little humor and wit in my paintings. For me, painting is not just the enjoyment of nostalgia, a thought, an artist’s thinking to the viewer. I want to bring laughter in the picture. Not a big laugh, but with meaning and surprise.
I inherited this love of humor from my father. He was a journalist and also a cartoonist for major newspapers in ancient Sai Gon. Other artists that have influenced me include Norman Rockwell, Kurt Ard, Stevan Dohanos, sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle. and photographer Thomas Struth. From Banksy’s street art style, to Pat Perry. My style is also associated with the stories of comic artists such as André Franquin, Maurice Wyckaert, and Pierre Culliford (Peyo).
I started work not as a painter but as a copier. I was not ashamed to make reproduction paintings by famous artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Claude Monet, Pablo. Picasso, Raphael … and many more. I learned a lot from that job and gained experience, improving my workmanship and keen eye for my own painting from the masters.
For me, painting has never stopped, and the painter always wants to learn new things to serve the work as well as satisfy the vision of the viewer, and inspire themselves as part of their long-term commitment to the profession.
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Surreal and Vintage Paintings in Modern Times
In the 1930s and 1940s, Norman Rockwell would be of particular interest to me. Andre Franquin whose best known creations are Gaston,he also produced the Spirou et Fantasio comic strip from 1947 to 1969, a period seen by many as the series’ golden age. And by subject varying from art, movies, politics and surreal worlds. I have brought together a selection of the various sketches below.
I am hard working on the renderings those sketches on the canvas surface in currently. Hope you enjoy them and see the meaning behind them.