MAI THI TRAN
MAI THI TRAN
b. 1984, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia
Mai Thi started drawing at a young age taking courses in Vietnam and later received her Diploma of Fine Arts at the Julian Ashton Art School and her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA, Printmaking) at the National Art School, both in Sydney, Australia.
For this exhibition we have asked Mai Thi to share the relation of drawing to her larger artistic output which includes printmaking and painting. With this in mind, we have on display drawings in a variety of media including charcoal, graphite and ball point pen and in one case, we see how the initial exploration in graphite provides the study for a sketch in paint.
Here work has been exhibited widely and recently at the MILS Gallery, National Art School, the Glebe Art Show and the Brunswick Street Gallery in Australia and returned to Ho Chi Minh City in 2012 to exhibit at (A) Cafe Gallery in the exhibition SYD>SGN sponsored by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Australian Trade Commission.
Mai Thi has received prestigious recognition for her work including several awards that include the Winner of the Robert L. G. Brereton Memorial Prize and the Glebe Open Art Prize for Youth, and finalist with the Clifton Art Prize, Waverly Art Prize, Hornsby Art Prize, John Olsen Life Drawing Prize and the Alice M. E. Bale Traveling Scholarship and Art Prize to name a few. She has also received several commissions including the Victoria Room in Sydney.