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Tuyp Tran, details and psyche



Tuyp is the artist behind Psyche Saigon. And Psyche is the right name for it! Tuyp openly expresses himself on what is around him, oscillating between a profuse art and an ultra minimalist lifestyle, while keeping his ideas subtle to avoid censorship.



conversation with Tuyp Tran

 10.16.2018

︎ French version



Can you tell us about your journey?

I started by studying business, which has nothing to do with art! I then opened a vintage store in Saigon where I sold second-hand products that I hunted in Vietnam and surrounding countries like Cambodia. And after a few years, I decided to stop everything to draw. I drew during 2 years, non-stop, by myself, to learn.





So you went from businessman to artist?

Yes, I started my career change by focusing on art by drawing artworks. I spend time on each of them to fill them with a lot of details. I add controversial elements that are hard to see at first glance: because we can’t draw whatever we want to in Vietnam, especially when it is about sex, politics or social issues. Yet I like to translate into artwork what I hear! I like to observe and listen to stories of people with their whims, their problems, their trips, their expressions…

« I add controversial elements that are hard to see at first glance: because we can’t draw whatever we want to in Vietnam. »








Persona by Tuýp Tran -  Dia Projects HCMC Exhibition 
https://www.instagram.com/tuyp/
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How do you approach a painting?

I approach it with micro shapes. I directly draw with a felt pen very small shapes such as dots, squares or triangles. I like to build a whole only with details. I also carefully choose my colors because for me the color is as fundamental as the shapes to obtain an abundant artwork.


How did you go from an artwork to a lifestyle product?

In August 2017, I started to translate this art into daily products to display on yourself or in your house. I started with drawings inspired from my artwork: something quite psyche actually! I used them in limited printed editions on t-shirts or posters. I also designed the t-shirts made of 100% cotton, that are all made in Saigon.





How did you make this offer evolve through time?

I wanted to go in a more minimalist and bolder direction. So I focused on lines only and on a more authentic form of art. I then developed another technic: I draw by hand directly on the cotton, on the final product. I use a textile paint that resists to washing and that dries fast. Very fast actually! So I had to train again and again to be able to draw directly on the final product the quickest I could for a result that I liked.

« I explore humans and emotions, but also Vietnamese traditions as they are seen nowadays. »




Do you still have the same inspiration?

Yes, I explore humans and emotions, but also Vietnamese traditions as they are seen nowadays. Always by using a minimum of lines, inspired from a Japanese modernity and a free fluidity in the curbs.




What are your ambitions, your wishes for the future?

I keep exploring this technic on hand drawing on different items such as pillows or tote bags. I also explore shapes in design. Lately, I developed overalls with a specific aesthetic and of course a unique drawing for each of them. 




What I actually like above all is to never make twice the same thing. Keeping it unique for each exclusive collaborations that I make is what I want the most. So for example, the collaboration between PSYCHE and the concept store LABEL, or every item that I sell in my store in Saigon: everything is different but still has my style and signature. And that is what I am trying to do!











Psyche saigon’s facebook : here
@psychesaigon


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