Anh Duong’s work never fails to captivate. “Her paintings expose an unexpected, unglamorous, intimate relationship with her body”, yet one feels strangely comfortable with it. Her collection of self-portraits let us in to her daily life as Duong herself uses them as a sort of diary!! It is interesting to see how she portrays herself; every painting shows full eye contact, her big, deep-set eyes stare boldly right out at you, with nothing to hide.
Born in Bordeaux, France to a Vietnamese father and a Spanish mother in 1960, Duong moved to New York in 1988 to paint. She found success in 1991 when Sperone Westwater Gallery featured her first exhibition. Since then, Anh Dong has worked for numerous designers, such as Christian Lacroix, John Galliano and Diane von Furstenburg, who is also a close friend of hers. She’s also an actress who has been featured in cool films such as I Shot Andy Warhol and The Mambo Kings.
Duong prefers to focus on portraits, painting other artists in the exact manner she paints herself – giving us a peek of Susan Sarandon in sheer lingerie or Karen Elson fully nude. A personal favorite: a cheeky painting of Aby Rosen in his boxer shorts.