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Traditionally Styled Paintings by Wa Truong

A traditional Asian watercolour of two heronsTwo Herons

Today’s featured artist is Wa Truong! Born in the Binh Duong province of South Vietman, Wa moved to the United States as a child and is now based in Atlanta, Georgia. The artist specializes in traditionally styled paintings that express both Vietnamese and American landscapes and wildlife.


A traditional Asian watercolour of eight horses running through a field8 Horses

A screen capture of the front page of Wa Truong's art websiteThe front page of Wa's website


I love the delicate nature of Wa’s paintings and the colour choices he makes. While the paintings often appear slightly muted and almost sepia-toned, there are some special moments in which the artist uses a bright deep red, or a saturated pink, for the petals of a flower, or the feathers of a bird. This sparing use of colour emphasizes individual subjects and creates a highly focused aesthetic for the paintings.


Wa’s paintings range stylistically from very simple watercolours to complex paintings of narrative scenes and landscapes. It’s interesting to see the transition between the two, from close-ups of floral forms on blank backgrounds to expansive scenes with figures and mountain ranges. 


A watercolour painting of a Utah mountain rangeUtah Mountain Range

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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