Artists

 

An Nguyen

An Nguyen uses vibrant colours and intricate composition to illustrate the rhythms and joys of modern life. Inspired by her travels and love of music, her geometric contemporary paintings capture musical concepts of cadence and rhythm in the movement of their fluid lines and shifting shapes. Simple moments of modern life are transformed in her paintings via the convergence of music and culture, while thematic elements of jazz and urban architecture intermingle throughout her work. An hopes that her art serves as an escape and source of happiness. She is motivated by a desire to be a female voice in the world of jazz culture, and hopes that her whimsical landscapes can celebrate the explorer in all of us.

An studied fine arts at the University of Waterloo and was tutored by Guatemalan artist Sergio A. Solorzano. As an Asian Canadian she uses her art to reflect on her immigrant identity and playfully rediscovers the world through her children’s eyes. Her paintings have been featured in local galleries, restaurants and public venues throughout Ottawa, Ontario, where she currently resides. Her paintings have also appeared on CD album covers for Canadian and international musicians. An was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and was part of Canada’s response to the refugee crisis post-Vietnam War. She is the mother of twins, and is married to a jazz musician.

An Nguyen

Artwork by An

Money Jungle

Money Jungle

Acrylic on Canvas

Inspired by “Mood Indigo” by Duke Ellington.

24 x 36

Now's The Time II

Now’s the Time II

Acrylic on Canvas

“Now’s the Time II” celebrates women in music.

24 x 36

Jammin' In The Capital

Jammin’ in the Capital

Acrylic on Canvas

2020 marked the 40th Anniversary of the Ottawa Jazz Festival, and in honour of the festival reaching this “ruby” milestone, I painted two musicians taking center stage at the late night jam session. The saxophonist sways to complex harmonic sequences and challenging key signatures, while the drummer moves to breakneck tempos. Both engage in this energetic dance, while the audience looks on. It is the ultimate statement piece for any living space. I call it “Jammin’ In the Capital”.

36 x 36

Femme Fierce

Femme Fierce

Acrylic on Canvas

I have been trying to incorporate more images of incredible female musicians in my art, and this painting “Femme Fierce” showcases a bold trio taking centre stage in Canada’s National Capital (Ottawa Jazz Festival). I designed this as a Tribute to the 40th Anniversary Jazz Festival here in Ottawa. Fingers crossed that COVID clears up so we can enjoy music festival season again in 2021. This is the ultimate statement piece for any living space.

36 x 36

Blue Moon

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Blue Moon

Acrylic on Canvas

“Blue Moon” celebrates all the beautiful nighttime concerts that happen over a glass of wine.

12 x 12

Red Room

Red Room

Acrylic on Canvas

“The Red Room” is inspired by the Village Vanguard, a modern jazz room where the music makes the paintings on the wall dance.

12 x 12

The Nearness of You

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The Nearness of You

Acrylic on Canvas

“The Nearness of You” is a lullaby for the heart. This painting showcases a vocalist and pianist performing in a cafe. Their song captivates the crowd.

12 x 12

Moonlight Serenade

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Moonlight Serenade

Acrylic on Canvas

In the summer the sky is lit up with stars and three musicians take centre stage to perform live. This painting is called “Moonlight Serenade” and it celebrates live outdoor music.

12 x 12

Concert au Jardin des Tuileries

Concert au Jardin des Tuileries

Acrylic on Canvas

Inspired by the most famous garden in Paris and the fashion houses that make this landscape beautiful.

24 x 24

Tempo Trance

Tempo Trance

Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 36

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Katherine Muir Miller

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