Originally from Hanoi, Vietnam, Minh Dam is an architect and watercolor painter based in Poland. He is the founder of Lineare Art Studio in Warsaw, and a co-founder of the Polish Watercolor Society.
Minh Dam’s primary focus in his paintings is cityscape. He take as his subjects cities in Poland and other parts of Europe, portraying their plazas, buildings, trolleys and street life with a lose, gestural approach.
There is an underpinning of traditional draftsmanship, on which his sketch-like rendering finds a solid base.
On his website, which has an English version, you’ll find his paintings arranged by most recent and currently available, as well as by subject. In addition, he has a blog which, though in Polish only, has additional images of paintings and work in progress.
He also has a portfolio on digitart.pl and a deviantART gallery.
An Artist in His Studio, John Singer Sargent
Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Many, if not most paintings are not named by the artist, but by subsequent buyers, sellers or scholars. If Sargent named this one (and I have to think he did), it was with tongue firmly in cheek.
Sargent painted his friend, Italian painter Ambrogio Raffele, on a vacation in the Alps; the “artist’s studio” is clearly a corner of a cramped hotel room, a desk corner and part of the bed serving as his easel.
The bravura brushwork which which Sargent is praised (or damned, if the speaker is a modernist looking down on the “facile” skills of 19th century painters), is clearly in evidence here, though more casually and briefly applied than in his more formal work.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this painting in person, and it’s just a wonder and a treat. The handling of the bedsheets should be in the dictionary as the definition of “painterly”.
This was obviously painted for Sargent’s own pleasure, like an Olympic-level runner going for a morning run just to enjoy a beautiful spring day.