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Jeannette Nguyen

Posted 11.20.18

Jeannette Nguyen is a Toronto based artist working in printmaking, illustration and paint. Nguyen’s work draws from classic styles of illustration, cartooning and animation. Her friendly, whimsical aesthetic contrasts with more serious themes of reflection, growth and stagnation. Nguyen holds a BFA from the Ontario College of Art & Design. She has exhibited her work in Canada and Japan, and has most recently been illustrating and painting outdoor murals around the city, as well as freelancing as a scenic painter in Toronto’s film and television industry.

Define your current place in the art world. Your style, and how you would describe it?
Having one of my images on the can of a popular local brewery is one of the most exciting things to happen, it not only creates a sense of community between different mediums and makers of things, but it also creates a strong support for culture and takes art into places that it typically wouldn’t be seen.

What’s a ‘job’ look like for you these days? 
I typically have a few drawings on the go at various stages of completion, either being drawn up, prepped for screenprinting or in the process of being screenprinted. For the past couple of years, the majority of the work I produced fell into two bodies of work titled: In Development, and The Funny Pages, although currently I’m in the middle of screenprinting an illustration titled Unpleasantly Surprised, which will be the first print in a new body of work titled Die Laughing.

The biggest part of this initiative is bringing art out into the hands of people, where they can experience and see art outside of a gallery. I’m a big supporter of getting art out of the traditional institutions of the gallery shows and into the public where the viewing and showing of art can be more inclusive for both the audience and the artists.

What influence does your environment (city, office etc) have on your art and style?
After graduating from art school, I lived abroad for a couple years where I did some photography, but it left me missing a certain physical tangibility that traditional forms of art provided. I knew I loved screenprinting, which I did a lot of in school, so when I returned home from overseas, I became a member of an artist run, non profit printmaking studio called Open Studio in Toronto, and from there I made some art and haven’t stopped.

Who or what influences your art?
There are certain things I was consumed with in my childhood that I know will always inform my aesthetic, being classic cartoons (both Western and Japanese styles), all types of comic books and trashy horror novels. My other influences include a number of artists, art history, books, architecture, films, theatre, travelling, news and the beauty of nature. Pretty much everything I see and experience is subconsciously absorbed and comes out in one form or another.

 


What is your creative process like?
Everything starts with drawing, I try to regularly draw in a sketchbook. I end up taking different elements from my sketchbook to create an image, which I finish with a dip pen, technical pens, and brush, from there I begin prepping the drawing to be screenprinted.

Art is a big world with lots of hurdles. Was there a defining moment you felt you ‘broke through’?
The biggest part of this initiative is bringing art out into the hands of people, where they can experience and see art outside of a gallery. I’m a big supporter of getting art out of the traditional institutions of the gallery shows and into the public where the viewing and showing of art can be more inclusive for both the audience and the artists.

www.jeannettenguyen.com
Instagram: @bore.bakin

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