I was born in Melbourne to a migrant family and now live and paint from the NSW South Coast of Australia, with my partner and four children; settled between the escarpment and the sea, after living in Canberra, Scotland, Finland and Sydney.
Drawing and painting has been a core part of my life for the past 20 years. I am indelibly connected to it, and it is the calm secure base that I return and resort to. This culminated in some form in 2015 whilst on maternity leave when I started to accept portrait commissions and opened an Etsy Shop (www.etsy.com/shop/msanhpaints), offering other original artworks and giclee fine art prints. I have no formal Fine Arts qualification and emotionally, it was a large step for me to do this and share my work. But no regrets!
My work is inspired by life; daily moments, human activity, small observations. Often, I am also inspired by other art – the composition in a photograph, a line of prose or poetry, a still from a film.
Typically I use acrylics on paper or canvas, but I do experiment and explore other methods/materials too, namely: watercolours; drawing, of course; mono prints, other mixed media. If you are interested in sharing my artistic journey, please connect with me via Instagram (@msanhpaints).
Anh Nguyen (b. 1984, Melbourne, Australia)
2017 – Upcoming group exhibition with curator Amber Cresswell Bell
2016 – Scarborough Art Show
2016 – Thirroul Seaside and Arts Festival
Awards and Prizes
2016 – Finalist, St George Art Awards, Hurstville Museum and Gallery, Hurstville
2016 – Finalist, Little Things Art Prize, Saint Cloche Gallery, Paddington
Other work of interest
2016 – Winner, IWD Power Voice Poetry competition for “My Kind”
2015 – Winner, Etsy Resolution competition for new Etsy sellers
2011 – “Odes to Oddity”, self-published collaboration of poems & selected drawings