Do Thanh Lang


In Do Thanh Lang’s paintings there is a hidden force within their bright swathes of colours that intrigues and confuses. The performativity of his characters and heightened drama of the scenes act as a visual confidence trick, masking the dangers
lying in wait beneath the superficial resin. The spectator takes the role of the dreamer, for like in dreams one is unsure how one arrived at this, or any particular instance. Navigating through the artist’s perplexing, surrealist tableaux, the spectator–dreamer is but a character equipped with scripts and storylines, though acting as witness rather than participant. As his frantic brushmarks flit between the crude layers of plastic and resin, Do Thanh Lang seems to mimic that hypnagogic state of mind where darkness turns to dreams.

Approaching art practice with a rare instinct – visible through the craggy edges of his canvas, or the occasional insect fossilised by his resin pour – Do Thanh Lang is aptly positioned to extract humour from a dire situation. In all their hazy strangeness, his artworks are akin to pieces of a memory – a visual journal of altered consciousness.

Born in 1986 in Ho Chi Minh City, Do Thanh Lang studied painting at the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University. His work has been shown in a number of group exhibitions in Vietnam and regionally such as Salt of the Jungle, Korea Foundation Gallery, Seoul, Korea; Modern Wind, HCMC Fine Arts Association; My Eldest Sister, San Art; Fall, Café Tram; Out of Nowhere, and Out of Museum, Sao La; Art Walk, numerous venues in HCMC;
Chung, PongDang Gallery, and Lunar Breccia, Alluvium, song of the cicada among the summer poppies, Hopscotch and NGUCHONOBAY (curated by Sao La) at Galerie Quynh.
Do has also participated in Spot Art Singapore 2014 at ARTrium@MCI, Singapore, and undertaken the The Brownian Movement residency programme at Heritage Space in Hanoi.

Do lives and works between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.