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Tuan’s figurative sculptures convey human spirit at Marcus Ashley Galleries

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Figurative sculptor Tuan will visit Marcus Ashley Galleries from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24.

The sculptor emphasizes the extremes and resilience of the human spirit, and his sculpture celebrates that spirit. Tuan was born into wealth and privilege in Vietnam in 1963, but the fall of Saigon in 1975 turned the social order upside down, teaching the sculptor balance.

“Art is vital for me,” Tuan said in a news release. “It is almost a religion. It means to believe in people, in life, in love. It is a response to what is beautiful and simple. As an artist, I do what I do for no other purpose than to express my feelings.”

Tuan completed the world’s first bronze Vietnam War memorial in Westminster. The monument symbolizes the friendship and alliance between the U.S. and South Vietnamese during the war. The sculptor engineers his works to appear almost weightless despite casting them in heavy bronze.

Marcus Ashley Galleries is across the parking lot from Starbucks in the Heavenly Village Center on Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. Parking is free, and the gallery will serve wine and appetizers. Call (530) 544-4ART for more information.