Bao Vuong – Voyage Suspended


Richard Koh Fine Art is thrilled to announce the upcoming solo exhibition, “Voyage Suspended”, by esteemed Franco-Vietnamese artist Bao Vuong. This immersive journey, set to run from 4th to 25th November 2023, will be hosted at our Singapore gallery located at 47 Malan Road, #01-26, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109444.

Voyage Suspended” encapsulates Vuong’s mastery in crafting an aesthetic and cathartic narrative. Through meticulously sculpted waves, the artist invites viewers to a sensory experience, where emotion flows and reflections transform with every movement around the work. The material, both generous and luminous, becomes a conduit for contemplation and revelation.

Vuong’s personal history, intertwined with themes of resilience and transformation, resonates deeply within “Voyage Suspended”. The nightscapes within the exhibition evoke existential wanderings, trials, and the courage to confront the shadows that life presents.

I paint as we see at night, I only use black paint with its variations of shine and mat-ness. I paint between abstraction and figuration, between painting and sculpture, between sky and sea.” — Bao Vuong

Born in late 1970s Vietnam, Bao Vuong’s artistic journey is profoundly rooted in his family’s harrowing sea escape and subsequent resettlement in France. His creative oeuvre, spanning painting, installation, and performance, is an exploration of buried memories and the power of remembrance.

In “Voyage Suspended”, black monochrome paintings serve as a canvas for the contemplation of light within darkness, navigating the interplay between presence and absence, softness and roughness. This body of work invites viewers to confront their own histories while offering a glimmer of hope for a brighter future.



Bao Vuong (b.1978, Vietnam) was born in Vietnam at the end of the 70s. Barely a year old, he fled with his parents by sea. Like thousands of boat people, he and his family wandered, tossed about in refugee camps in pursuit of a land of welcome. The paintings of Bao Vuong are totally black, both realistic and abstract. It’s a projection of the nights in the open seas spent by his family on the run, the same nights that hundreds of thousands of refugees have lived through the centuries and still know each day—forsaken in the dark, without a clue. Darkness hints at imminent death and swallows all those who have sacrificed and lost everything worth living. Black paint awakens fears associated with exile, while reflections of light on the paint strokes represent shimmers of hope that give birth to a survival instinct, echoing the promise of a better world.

  Bao Vuong – Voyage Suspended

Bao Vuong – Voyage Suspended

4 - 25 November 2023

Richard Koh Fine Art,
Blk 47 Malan Rd #01-26 Gillman Barracks,
Singapore 109444

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Bao Vuong – Voyage Suspended

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