For many, visiting Halong Bay in North Vietnam feels like falling into the pages of a fairy book. The hundreds of lushly vegetated limestone islands and sea stacks at this UNESCO World Heritage Site present an otherwordly sensation. Like many artists under Halong Bay’s spell, Hue Nguyen felt compelled to capture a facet of its mystical qualities and stunning beauty.
Share his fascination for Halong Bay and other natural wonders at “The World of Troung Tien Nguyen,” an exhibit of oil paintings taking place Nov. 3-4 at Nguoi Viet Gallery, 14771 Moran St., Westminster (off Bolsa Avenue between Magnolia and Bushard streets).
Nguyen is a textile artist for Mission Viejo-based manufacturer Hoffman Fabrics, his employer of 40 years. Over the decades, Nguyen’s hand-drawn and hand-painted artwork was developed and produced as textiles sold to garment manufacturers for the creation of men’s tropical- and novelty-print shirts. He contributed to what is referred to as the “authentic Hoffman look” in designs for surf brands like Volcom, Roxy, O’Neill and Stussy.