Duy Huynh (pronounced Yee Wun) creates poetic and contemplative paintings drawing inspiration from a variety of storytelling formats including music, movies, comic books and ancient folklore. Born in Vietnam, themes of geographical and cultural displacement are prevalent in Huynh’s artwork. Ethereal characters maintain a serene but precarious balance, in a surreal or dreamlike setting.
Huynh has developed a vocabulary of symbolism with recurring images such as boats, trains, suitcases, and anything with the ability of flight, which relate to physical or spiritual travel. He attempts to literally and symbolically connect fluid patterns in nature with that of human made aspirations. His goal is to nurture a visual language that evokes a sense of wonderment while celebrating the fragility of a precarious life.
Breaking the Cycle
Painting by Duy Huynh. Acrylic on wood, 22 x 18 inches.