MaryAnne Nguyen: NaturaOn display at Primary Gallery June 2014 

Opening Reception: Friday 6/6 6-10 p.m., Closing Reception: Friday, 6/27 6-9 p.m.

Indianapolis, IN, May 14, 2014 – Primary Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the vibrant artwork of MaryAnne Nguyen. In her newest works, Nguyen finds inspiration from past cultures and societies that possessed a more direct relationship with their environment. Through the use of allegory and symbolism, Nguyen seeks to create images that represent an innate connection to nature and give face to the elements of nature. Inspired by nature’s clever designs and its ability to create and destroy, Nguyen provides the viewer with undistracted focus and clarity of form for contemplation.

Nguyen explains the process of creating her paintings is like putting together a puzzle; the image, instead of constant, fluctuates and changes as it takes shape on the canvas. After finding all of the pieces of the painting she can focus on the balancing of tone, value, and composition. Nguyen attests that the use of oils allows for the fluidity of light and solidity of form in the work attributable to oils being versatile and vibrant. According to the artist, the subtle shifts in value and hue can be the most arresting details to produce.

Nguyen earned her BFA from Herron School of Art and Design and is a Resident Artist at the Wheeler Arts Community.

Mother nature is awe-inspiring. I am always intrigued by her fascinating and clever designs and abilities to create and destroy. In my work I strive to arouse empathy for mother nature in all her forms. Whether it be a mountain, an animal or a storm cloud I hope to provide a moment of focus and clarity of form for the viewer to contemplate.The process of making a painting is similar to putting together a puzzle where the image isn’t constant. It fluctuates and changes as it takes shape on the canvas. After finding all the pieces of the painting I work on the balancing of tone, value and composition. Using oils, which are versatile and vibrant, allows the fluidity of light and shadow. The subtle shifts in value and hue can be the most exciting details to create.

My current works are based on the cycle of life and the ancient concept of the classical elements of nature. These elements frequently occur in many cultures and belief systems throughout human history. This body of work exhibits my influence by societies that have shown a deep rooted, and more direct relationship with their environment. My images, through allegory and symbolism, represent this innate connection and give a face to nature herself.

I am eternally grateful for the support and encouragement from my family, friends and community. Without you I wouldn’t be able to do what I love. I’d like to extend a special thank you to Primary Colours for this opportunity, to the PC crew for your work and all your support throughout the years. To my muses for this show… Ashley, Chanie, Kikii, Savannah, Shola, Natalie, Roman, Atticus and Moon, there are no words to express my gratitude for your generosity and inspiration. Thank you to my husband Dillon for his patience, love, nightly critiques and for cooking and keeping me alive while I was in my painting zone. Thank you to my right hand, Lindsey for helping install and always reassuring me that everything is going to be okay. Many thanks to Zach at Deepwood Workshop for building my sturdy stretchers. Lastly, thank you to all that come to see my exhibition and helped promote the show, I hope you enjoy it!

Best wishes,
MaryAnne Nguyen


Primary Gallery is located at:
Murphy Arts Center, Suite 217
1043 Virginia Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Opening Reception:
Friday, June 6, 2014, 6-10 p.m.
Closing Reception and Artist Talk:
Friday, June 27, 2014, 6-9 p.m.