2012 Hands, Craig Thomas Gallery, HCM city, Vietnam
Craig Thomas Gallery is pleased to invite you to the private cocktail reception of Hands, a solo exhibition of works by Hanoi-based artist Pham Huy Thong.

Pham Huy Thong is one of a select group of Vietnamese artists addressing social and political issues with his work. Raised in a stimulating intellectual environment by journalist parents, Thong’s paintings evince a uniquely independent and informed point of view. Although relatively young (b. 1981), Thong’s latest Hands series is clearly the work of a mature artist working with great intensity of skill, purpose and ambition.

Thong’s decision to replace the faces of the subjects in his latest series with hands was driven in part by a desire to make them universal, anonymous beings without individuality or nationality. Among the reasons for choosing hands was Thong’s conception of them as uniquely expressive appendages. Thong finds that hands exhibit relatively little difference in appearance between individuals and yet possess a great capacity to express a range of emotions – anger, power, fear, happiness – and meaning through the symbols and gestures they can be used to form.

Opening Reception: Saturday, 20 October 2012, from 6 to 8 pm
Location: Craig Thomas Gallery - 27i Tran Nhat Duat Street, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
RSVP: to Craig (0903888431) or Mai (0908878317), info@cthomasgallery.com

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