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The Art Portfolio of Wa Truong

A watercolour painting of a white lotusWhite Lotus

Wa Truong is a painter who lives just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. The artist's practice is inspired by childhood years spent learning to paint in South Vietnam, and developed over the course of Truong's experiences as a war refugee in America. 

A painting of a family of ducks on the waterMallard Family


I really enjoy Truong's studied yet unique approach to traditional Chinese painting techniques. Some of Truong's most recent works feature animals, and the artist's treatment of his subjects forgoes strict realism in favour of capturing impressions -- the fierce expressions on the faces of panthers and tigers seem to say as much about the nature of the creatures as they do about the artist's own feelings and ideas.

The front page of Wa Truong's art portfolio


In our previous feature of Truong's work with subdued beauty, we addressed the artist's use of a slightly subdued colour palette -- one that adheres to traditional aesthetics, while still feeling deliberate. I like the way that the colour palette suggests a calm, slightly distanced atmosphere for each image.

A painting of a black pantherBlack Panther

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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