Art Exhibition 2014

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Ellen Brook was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1963 and found her way to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997. After calling many cities and towns ‘home’ and traveling extensively – including a stretch in Asia – she began her artistic journey in California. Investigations into consciousness and meditation led to her discovery of painting on silk. Her artistic explorations revealed a deep resonance with the spontaneity, sensuality and visual poetry available in this art form as well as the global historical and cultural connections embodied in it.  In addition to her art practice, Ellen also designs and creates original, hand-made women’s clothing on silk. Websites: www.ellen-brook.com and  www.ellenbrookclothingworks.com

Dao Hai Trieu  was born in Da Nang, Vietnam and immigrated to the United States in 1987 with his wife and two children. He has been painting, sculpting, and experimenting with new forms of expression for over forty years. Of his relationship to art, Trieu writes, “Art bridges the gap between past and present, now and forever, lighting a calm path from the surreal mind of the artist into the world.”

Nguyen Quoc Dung was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1959 and then, graduated from Hanoi college of Industrian Fine Arts in 1984. He paints eagerly in order to come closer to everybody to share and to devote. Ngueyn Quoc Dung follows the European Realism, a style consisting many criteria that became a main stream one in Vietnam with the establishment of Indochina Fine Arts College in 1926 in Hanoi. While he’s obsessed by concepts in western classical art, Nguyen Quoc Dung is also influenced by eastern culture and by traditional style. His works tell us about human’s spiritual life, earthy secrets, and a sacred love–bringing light to the darkest part of one’s soul that all make us temporarily forget the hazardous material life.

Lam Quang Kim Phuong was born in Vietnam. He arrived in the US in 1975 and currently resides in Morgan Hill, California. He graduated in 1974 from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Saigon. Since 2001, his works have been frequently exhibited in San Jose.


Ha Cam Tam was born in Vietnam in 1933. He escaped Vietnam by boat in 1977 and resettled in the US in 1978. During his early creative years, the artist lived close to a stable of workhorses. He came to admire the beauty of these animals and was deeply affected by the abuses inflicted upon them by their keepers. Horses became the favorite subject of his paintings. He mostly portrayed them in a free and fun loving spirit, usually away from humans (their abusers). He continues to be active in horse painting, and is now exploring the realm of abstract art.

Truong Thi Thinh was born in Hue, Vietnam in 1928 and graduated in 1958 as a valedictorian from the National Academic of Fine Art Saigon, Vietnam. She immigrated to Maryland in 1986 and then a year later, she moved to San Jose, CA. Her works have been exhibited in solo and group-shows in Vietnam, Japan, Australia, France and USA, and are housed in numerous private collections worldwide.

Le Thi Quehuong was born in Ha Tinh, Viet Nam. She came to the United Stated in 1972, and resides in San Jose. She graduated from San Jose State University in 1982 with Honors in Art and Design. Le Thi Quehuong’s artwork has been shown in the museums of Sai Gon Fine Art, and San Jose Fine Art. She is an active member of the Viet-American Artists of the Bay Area and has participated in group-shows yearly in galleries in California.

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