Richard Koh Fine Art Singapore (RKFA) is happy to announce the upcoming solo exhibition of mixed media paintings by the Vietnamese painter, Le Quoc Thanh (b.1975). Titled “Excerpts From A Heaven: How To Fly”, this exhibition is Thanh’s first solo show at the gallery, presented in partnership with Hanoi-based CUC Gallery.
Scheduled to run from 13 May to 3 June 2023, the exhibition will be held at RKFA’s Singapore location at Blk 47 Malan Road, #01-26 Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109444.
Through his work, Thanh skillfully blends found items with elements of Vietnamese material culture, resulting in paintings that possess a unique style entirely of their own. The use of quotidian icons, including a packet of Craven A cigarettes and black-handled scissors often found in market stalls, further enhances the distinctive cultural significance of Thanh’s work.
Throughout the exhibition, Thanh explores the instability of signs and signifiers, often repeatedly painting the numbers “123” and letters “ABC” until their meaning becomes lost. By challenging traditional linguistic and visual regimes, Thanh creates a visual language that is uniquely his own.
“Excerpts From A Heaven: How To Fly” promises to be an innovative and thought-provoking exhibition that showcases the single-minded focus and unique artistic vision of Le Quoc Thanh.
Le Quoc Thanh (b.1975, Vietnam) is a Ho Chi Minh City-based artist whose practice works with painting and assemblage. Despite dropping out of Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Art a year after he was enrolled, Thanh continued his art practice through means of self-studying, doing freelance jobs, and honing his primary mediums. He pushes the boundaries of both mediums by combining them and adding found objects and text into his paintings.
Thanh’s first solo exhibition was in Da Lat in 2001. Other solo exhibitions include two solo exhibitions in S. O. C Saigon in 2013, a solo exhibition in Saigon Domain in 2014. In 2018, he has also participated in a residency exchange with Baik Art in Seoul, South Korea as part of MoT+++’s exchange collaboration with Baik Art. There, he presented a solo exhibition. He was awarded The Best New Artist in Saigon by Australia in 2006.
His most recent solo exhibition was titled Le Quoc Thanh (2022) at CUC Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam.