KV Duong is a London based painter and action artist. His work focuses on personal identity, migration, sexuality and human relationships. KV’s current body of work explores the migration journey of his family; having gone through the Vietnam War, his parents immigrated to Canada to give their children the chance at freedom and opportunity. KV draws from these personal experiences to explore the integration and conflict of Eastern and Western cultures and values, the idea of place, belonging and home. KV is also a member of ArtCan and often has work in our exhibitions. He has exhibited in group and solo shows consistently since 2016 and was a featured artist in the BBC’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Programme 2019.
In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
The best thing about being an artist is having the liberty and freedom to create whatever you like (the trick and challenge is developing your ideas and figuring out the execution).
Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
I don’t have a specific person but definitely the abstract expressionism and Gutai artists have been influential in my artistic development. I am a creative sponge and on the constant lookout to explore contemporary art, soaking in new ideas and inspiration.
What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
Brainard Carey’s art videos and Bloomberg’s Brilliant Ideas series (both available on YouTube). I wished I came across these two sources earlier.
If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
Start a new piece (I am normally working on 3-5 pieces simultaneously). Go see an interesting exhibition. Hit the gym/ tennis court.
And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
The ones that Iron Man has so that I can fly from A to B quickly