Born in Vietnam and raised in the US, Georgia based artist Tran Nguyen studied illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design (if I’m interpreting the info page of her website correctly, her name is pronounced “tron wen”).
Nguyen’s illustrations combine elements of realism, magic realism, art nouveau and perhaps symbolism, and frequently include geometric patterns.
Often employing muted, carefully controlled palettes and subtle textures, she creates works that invite contemplation, seeming to reveal emotional content in layers.
She frequently works “out of the box”, playfully extending parts of her images beyond the apparent bounds of their background, as well as suggesting dimensional qualities of her geometric elements as though some of them floated above the surface of the picture.
Nguyen is represented by Richard Solomon, Artist’s Representative in New York. Their website includes a brief description and step-through of her working process, which involves colored pencil and delicate glazes of transparent acrylics.
[Addendum 2016: Her student website is no longer active. Her new website is here: www.mynameistran.com ]