Quyen Dinh (22 Images)
When it comes to art, there's just something about the unadulterated colors of acrylic paint on canvas that is visually titillating, visceral in effect, making it my favorite medium to work with. I suspect I never left that certain phase in childhood when bright colors, simple shapes, and bold outlines of Saturday morning cartoons and coloring books were the only images that captivated children for hours. Naturally, it is this love for color and simplicity that has found it's way into my own paintings.
Making art for me has always been pure catharsis. It is something I can rely on to escape life's monotonous obligations. It's an unexplainable urge to create and without it, I'd feel bitter and cheated. Being self-taught, every painting is always a new lesson and an opportunity to hone and improve on technique and create a style I can call my own.
Since art is a cathartic process for me, it comes from a very personal place. The characters in my paintings are, for the most part, self-portraits of my inner self. So when people see my work, rather than wanting them to think about them, I want them to just feel...feel the very things that bring me nostalgia from what could be memories of past lives, things that give me peace, and the things that make me melancholy. I strive to make art that speaks to the more primordial senses in people. Ultimately, art provides me with an incredibly accessible vehicle for self-expression and, for that, I am forever grateful.