member of:Observers of the Interdependence of Domestic Objects and Their Influence on Everyday Life

This group has been active for a long time and has already made some remarkable assertions which render life simpler from the practical point of view. For example, I move a pot of green color five centimeters to the right, I push in the thumbtack beside the comb and if Mr. A (another adherent like me) at this moment puts his volume about bee-keeping beside a pattern for cutting out vests, I am sure to meet on the sidewalk of the avenida Madero a woman who intrigues me and whose origin and address I never could have known...
--Remedios Varo

(Slideshow is of Artwork by Remedios Varo)
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
--Franz Kafka

Friday, July 3, 2009

Dreamtime: Duy Huynh

Duy Huynh (pronounced YEE WEN)

[Note: for many of you, this is just an expanded version of a blog I posted several months ago on imeem, but which for some reason never made it here. I'm just trying to save it from the black hole that is forming in the vicinity of that website... ]

From duy huyhn

"Her Own Little World"

According to his website,, his "interest in art began shortly after his arrival in the states in the early eighties. With difficulties adapting to new surroundings and language, Duy took refuge in the art of comics, cartoons, and graffiti. His first art commission came in the third grade. A fellow classmate hired Duy to draw the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Payment came in the form of two dollars and chocolate milk for the week. More importantly, he learned it was possible to make a connection through the use of a visual language. This simple experience serves as a reminder for him even today to always enjoy and maintain his childhood love."

From duy huyhn

"Invitation to optimism"

Those two aspects of his personal history, the upheaval of changing country and culture, and the discovery of art as not only another form of language but also a way out of isolation, are ever-present in his works.
They often explore themes of the rootless, or the traveler, someone who travels alone,must create his own world, and maybe carries it on his back:

From duy huyhn

"Well-grounded Drifter"

But also, they are often accompanied by delicate, transcendent travelers--perhaps symbolic of their own spirits, or maybe guides:

From duy huyhn


From duy huyhn

"Dreams of Flight"

And also, there is the solitary, slightly unhinged (magical, levitating) figure who creates different aspects of the world or herself through the use of the magic wand (or paint brush):

From duy huyhn

"Moonlight Muse"

The scenarios are dream-like, and the characters are ethereal, and the journey becomes mythic...

From duy huyhn

"Dreamtime Traveler"

He has an entire gallery of works called "Dream Chasers," and often depicts such characters, whether they be geared for such a task with musical instruments or circus implements. All of them, really, are Dream Chasers, looking for home, each other, or some other magic. Enjoy!


  1. Zoe, thank so much for reposting these paintings! You don't know how much they mean to me! I just love their simplicity, misticism and ethereal, spiritual atmosphere. I will definitely need to borrow this playlist from you! :-D

  2. Duy Huynh's paintings always brings back fond memories to me of when we met and I that is not the only reason I love them, thank you Zoe for this beautiful post.

  3. j'adore votre blog !!! il est vraiment ! passionnent. Je découvre des artistes... un grand merci
    à bientôt

  4. Merci! Je suis tres heureux que vous l'aimez!
    I'm finding so much new on yours as well!