Nguyen Cam

Nguyen Cam has been making art since he was 14 years old painting shop signs for businesses in Vientiane Laos. That was over 50 years ago. Since then he has become an internationally collected and exhibited French trained artist. Steering away from real and still life, opting instead for bold brush strokes and colours to create abstract collages, he also uses unusual, carefully selected materials such as jute sacks, tea bags and Vietnamese calligraphy in his creations. He aims to evoke both the beauty and suffering in the ordinary daily lives of those who have lived through extreme moments in history and continue to live with those memories. (Tabby Chino via andofotherthings)