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Duo expo paints a cool summer

Bang Lang Flowers by Trinh Thien Nga
HA NOI — If you’d like to enjoy the delights of a Ha Noi summer but can’t stand the sweltering heat, you might like to head indoors for the latest exhibition by two of the city’s most accomplished oil painters.

Nguyen Minh Thu and Trinh Thien Nga have mounted a display of 15 oil-on-canvas paintings depicting their impressions of summer in the capital city.

Both women graduated from the Department of Painting at the Ha Noi College of Art and Music in 1989.

Purple Evening by Nguyen Minh Thu
Since then, they have added a dash of colour to the city art scene.

"Minh Thu and Thien Nga have contributed works to international art exhibitions and have won the sympathies of art lovers in Viet Nam," said critic Cong Quoc Ha.

Thu, 33, became a fully-fledged member of Ha Noi’s exclusive art circle when she participated in the Fine Arts Association’s exhibition in 1998, nine years after her graduation.

Thu’s paintings were displayed in Hong Kong last year along with other works by the Ha Noi Heart and Soul painting group.

This is the second time Thu and Nga have worked together. Both contributed works to the Eight Contemporary Female Painters of Viet Nam charity show two years ago at Fortuna Hotel in Ha Noi.

Thu’s paintings are dominated by dark purple, light yellow, dark pink and blue. Ha Noi’s famous Old Quarter appears in three of her works.

The bamboo is also a recurring motif.

It is a central feature of Chieu Tim (Purple Evening), and appears in light yellow in Cong Chua (Pagoda Gate). Tre Xanh (Green Bamboo) restores the bamboo to its more usual hue, a startling vivid green.

Meanwhile, Thien Nga introduces viewers to her summer world through hot shades of red, rich yellow, dark blue and dark pink.

Her six paintings explore summer in the country as well as in the city – featuring seasonal leaves and flowers covering expansive fields.

"The colour scheme of a painting should reflect the emotional state of the artist herself – a person in love – with the intermingled joy and sadness that arise from nostalgic reminiscences," said Ha.

The exhibition is open until July 23 at 16 Ngo Quyen, Ha Noi.

Reprinted with permission from VietNam News Agency.


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