Flash: Richmond speaks of the demographic layers of Chinese immigrants who have lived in Canada since the 19th century, and who have integrated into all aspects of the Canadian cultural identity. Well-known master works from important periods in Chinese history (ranging from 1850 to contemporary works) are the source of Kim Huynh’s inspiration. She reproduces these paintings in blocks to configure them as a black and white mural of Richmond. The reproductions comprise a readable landscape of the city when viewed from a distance, but since the elements are fragments, they are no longer recognized individually. They have been deconstructed and shifted to become parts of a new image.
Kim Huynh, a Calgary-based artist, was born and raised in Sai Gon, Vietnam and immigrated to Canada in 1980. She studied art history, philosophy, painting and drawing before going on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria in 1990 and a Master of Fine Arts, with a focus on printmaking, from the University of Alberta in 1992. She has exhibited widely with solo exhibitions across Canada and in group exhibitions world-wide. Her works are held in many public collections including the Shanghai Art Museum, China, the University of Jaipur, India and the Graphic Art Museum in Poland.