Tuyet Ong-Barr / tess.ob@me.com

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Tuyet (Tess) Thi Ong is originally from Vietnam, and lived in Paris, before moving to Houston where she now lives and works.  Her abstract paintings on canvas and paper are colorful, energetic and bold. Her confident color choices and freedom of composition, as well as her interest in texture and layering stem from her numerous cultural experiences and backgrounds. 

 

Although Ms. Ong is fluent in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, and French, she desires to communicate non-verbally through painting, leaving permanent records of a time and place. The paintings reveal her interest in language and communication, displaying qualities of calligraphy within the paint, revealing to the viewer a hidden language of mark making.

 

The artist has been included in Assistance League of Houston exhibition  in 2011, the Visual Arts Alliance in 2010 and 2011, and the 28th juried exhibition in 2010 at the Glassell School of Art , where she has studied under Brian Portman, Terrell James and most recently Francesca Fuchs. 
 

From the artist: "bits of reality can stimulate an idea for a composition, whether it’s a quality in the sunlight of the day or bits of multi colored paint scraped from my pallet, each painting speaks with clarity. I create abstract compositions with dynamic movement; many layers of gestures create a network of lines traveling through an airy space. At times the numerous gestures seem closer to a natural form like the pattern of tree bark or lines describing the movement  on the surface of water. My experiments with texture and layering often create a sense of illusionary space, however sometimes the thickness of the paint sits on the surface of the painting, and wraps around the edges, insisting on the object of the canvas itself."

 

Her painting media include oil, acrylic, collage, colored pencil, and colored ink, on a variety of surfaces: paper, canvas, and plywood.

The Gathering (diptych)
The Gathering (diptych)

2013 acrylic on canvas 72 x 86 $5,000

Purple Eye
Purple Eye

2009 acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 $2400

Favorite Place
Favorite Place

2014 acrylic on canvas 40 x 30 $1750

At My Table
At My Table

2014 acrylic on canvas 40 x 30 $1750

Come Together
Come Together

2014 acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 $2400

The Group
The Group

2014, acrylic on canvas 30 x 24 $1250

Mix
Mix

2014, acrylic on canvas 30 x 30 $1400

Red Macawe
Red Macawe

2012, acrylic on canvas 24 x 30 $1250

From Above
From Above

2012, acrylic on canvas 36 x 60 $2800

Streamers
Streamers

2010, acrylic on canvas 36 x 60 $2800

Fruit Bowl
Fruit Bowl

2012, acrylic on canvas 36 x 48 $2400

Yellow Sky
Yellow Sky

2012 acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 $2400