Oriental Brush Painting in Watercolor and Chinese Ink by Trúc Deegan

Thursday, June 20, 2013-Thursday, August 15, 2013

Opening Reception and Demonstration: Friday, June 21, 2013 | 6-8pm – Demo begins at 7pm

Artist Statement

Trúc Deegan was born and raised in Vietnam. She migrated to the United States of America and became a citizen in 1970.
Trúc has worked in variety of media but has chosen to concentrate on watercolor, especially the oriental style of brush painting. She studied under Mr. Ang Swee Hin, who lives in Penang, Malaysia, a master of Chinese Art with the knowledge and style of the 12th- to 18th-century artists. Trúc’s art works are made using a Chinese brush-and-ink-and-watercolor technique.

The subject matter in Trúc’s paintings include landscape, bamboo, flowers, birds, and insects. In the years when she was living overseas with her family, she was inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape, the magnificent temples, the tranquility of mountains, and the murmuring streams that surrounded her in Sri Lanka, Sarawak and Penang of Malaysia. The variety of birds with their colors and the native flowers of four seasons give her the enthusiasm for painting.

At each opening of her exhibitions, she usually gives an hour-long demonstration in the show room. On this occasion, viewers can observe the technique of how she uses her brush strokes with ink and watercolor on special paper for Chinese painting.

Trúc has taught oriental brush painting in the United States, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. She has held a number of solo exhibitions and participated in numerous competitive and judged exhibitions as well. In 2001, the Iowa City Public Library selected one of her works for its permanent collection. In 2002, one of her paintings received an Honorable Mention Prize at the Hooverfest. In May 2012, Art at Mercy collected two of her pieces of artwork to include in their Mercy Hospital Art Collection. Furthermore, Trúc’s works have been purchased by art lovers around the world and are found in collections in Malaysia, Great Britain, France, Australia, Sri Lanka, the United States, and elsewhere.

Many of Trúc’s works are being displayed at Melrose Meadow, a retirement community at 350 Dublin Drive, Iowa City, Iowa and at the office of Ms. Rechkemmer, 1106 Studio Arts, University of Iowa, 1375 Highway 1 W, Iowa City, Iowa.

For further information, please contact the artist via phone at (319) 338-4369 or email ttdeegan@yahoo.com.