Monday, June 20, 2016

July First Friday/ Vin Luong Exhibit at The Speakeasy Art Center

Join us for this fantastic opportunity to view the beautiful paintings of Vin Luong in the main gallery at The Speakeasy Art Center, 353 Court St. Pekin Il! Opening reception is July 1, 2016 from 5-7. Music to follow at 7pm by friends of Vin's-Willie Kuhn, The Spoon River Cowboy and Rudy Urban, Pianist. 

Vin Luong was born in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1966. The son of Chinese painter Siu-Hong Luong, Vin learned traditional Chinese painting techniques at a young age, which he later built upon with an education in Western art as a teenager. Vin immigrated to the United States in the late 1980s and settled in Peoria, IL, where he lived and painted for more than twenty years. He passed away on March 7, 2013, at the age of 46, and he lives on in the many beautiful paintings and murals he left behind. Since his death his paintings have been housed at The Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin Il in a gallery on the 2nd floor.

Vin’s work incorporates both Eastern and Western elements, most often featuring human figures and faces and recurring symbolic objects, such as sliced open half-apples, lotus flowers, bluebirds and fishermen, statues and allusions to canonical artworks, and windows and doorways opening out into sky and water. Vin’s work moves fluidly from realism– in his strikingly true-to-life portraits–to surrealism–in his depictions of dreamlike, unforeseen worlds. Vin has explored a range of human themes in his work—including war, sorrow, and illness—but always, and even in the face of these painful themes, Vin’s work is infused with the poignancy of beauty, hope, and possibility.


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