Former Fairfield resident Matt Huynh will explore the themes of war, refugees and the Vietnamese diaspora through animation, paintings and comics in his self-titled exhibition at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery which starts on February 24.
The New York-based graphic artist and illustrator will bring the communities of Sydney’s Chinatown and Cabramatta to life via his most acclaimed work which reflects his cultural background, family history and upbringing in Fairfield.
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said the exhibition will provide visitors with an intimate look into the creative process of one of Fairfield’s talented exports.
“Huynh’s distinct artistic style aptly captures personal and global moments, such as the Vietnam war and following diaspora, which have shaped global history and led to the expansion of our City’s proud cultural diversity,” he said.
“In addition to well-known work such as The Boat, CAB, MA and The Ark, Huynh’s self-titled exhibition includes mock-up comic books, mood boards and notes, allowing audiences to go behind the scenes of Huynh’s artist practice.”
In addition to the exhibition – made possible with works supplied from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and SBS Australia – the gallery will hold a comic illustration workshop for people aged 8- 16 to learn comic drawing techniques and layout design on April 28.
“Our city is full of talented people and this workshop may very well assist someone to become as internationally successful as our own Matt Huynh,” mayor Carbone said.
The exhibition is on display until July 21.