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ARTISTS Ton That Bang

Artist Ton That Bang

Artist Ton That Bang


Born in 1963 in Quang Tri Province, Viet Nam
1986-1989:  Studied Music and Art at the Hue College Of Art, Viet Nam
A member of the Fine Arts Association Of Ho Chi Minh City.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1997: At Tu Do Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
1998: In Brussels, Belgium; and at Tu Do Gallery, HCM City, Vietnam
2000: At Tu Do gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2002: At Galerie De Monde in Hong Kong; and at Hakaren Gallery in Singapore
2004: At Galerie De Monde in Hong Kong
2004: In Philadelphia, USA
2011: At Phuong Mai Art Gallery, HCM city, Vietnam
GROUP EXHIBITION
2000:       - At Atrium Gallery, Sofitel Hotel in Melbourne city, Australia.
                - International Art Expo, New York, USA
                - At the Bolton Street Gallery, London, England
2001:       -  At Particular Gallery in Ho Chi Minh city, sponsored by the Consulate General of The United Stated of America in HCMCity.
2003:        - The Juried Show in Boise, Idaho, USA.
2004:        - Participating in the Operation Smile, in Ho Chi Minh city and Ha No
                - Two Man Show in Philadelphia, USA.
2005:       - Participating in the Operation Smile, Charity Auction of Contermporary Vietnamese Art in Ho Chi Minh City; Du Monde Gallery, Hong Kong.
2010:       -Two Man Show at Tembusu Gallery in Singapore

Bang’s world of art is highly symbolic suggesting, the mysteries of the universe. His paintings are usually dominated by child-like figures, each wearing a dice at the neck, like a seal or mark fixed on them at birth. A good example of this motif  is in “ Yellow Autumn”, in which the dice not only dangle from the main charater’s neck, but also swing in the air. This suggests that destiny is just a mischievous game in which each person is moved each time dice are cast. It is noteworthy that the female figure in the painting lacks body parts, such as the neck or arms, indicating imperfection in man’s comprehension of the colorfull world. The presence of the yellow leaf – a motif seen in most of his works – reminds us of the passage of  time and the ephemerality of life.
Phuong Mai Gallery-update 2011.