Home Art Books Perspective Art News Calendar Art Links About Us
Find more books...
Search above for all categories of Art and Culture books we offer

Looking for books?
Write us...


Customer Login


vietnam paintings drawings

ethnic minorities, daily news updates, gallery links

Vietnam Art Books

Vietnamese Art News, Events, exhibitions

photography, paintings, drawings



ART SCENES | EXHIBITIONS | VN CULTURE | ART ASSOCIATIONS | ETHNIC MINORITIES

Vu Thang - a Rebel with a cause (August 30, 2003)


Vu Thang
Glimpses of Klimt: Playing Chess (above) and Golden Afternoon, lacquer, by Vu Thang
Vu Thang
Artist Vu Thang would rather not take the rough with the smooth.

Although he works in a medium where smoothness reigns, this lacquer painter has decided to challenge convention and bring a remarkable touch of coarseness to the surface of his creations.

In his latest exhibition, Eyes of Life, Thang proclaims that jaggedness is beautiful in all 20 of his large lacquer paintings.

"Traditionally, the surfaces of lacquer paintings are supposed to be faultlessly flat," the 30-something painter said. "However, lacquer can have more depth if it strays from the beaten path."

Eggshell, silver leaf, gold leaf and stone are commonly used in lacquer, but Thang has experimented with found objects such as iron, bronze and coins.

They are either elaborated polished or crudely rusted. He also uses fabric, and his ideas and character can be seen emerging from the centre of each artwork.

"The works I am displaying this time have been inspired by the characters in folk stories," Thang said of his fourth public showing.

"I had tried to improvise with these traditions to give them a brand-new look."

Art critic Nguyen Hai Phong said Thang’s art would help open the doors for a new abstract movement. "His paintings remind me of the words, ‘I think therefore I am.’

"In his works, the eyes have a penetrating stare that challenges the audience to think."

Veteran critic Phan Cam Thuong has a different view of Thang’s work. "The painter’s art has broken the boundaries, including the limits of standard graphical structure."

"He has played the game of creativity with all of his heart."

To many of his contemporaries, Thang is a rebel with a cause.

Even though he was never privileged with formal training, Thang is proving himself a phenomenon in Viet Nam’s contemporary art scene.

Eyes of Life continues at the Sofitel Plaza Ha Noi. — VNS

Reprinted with permission from Vietnam News Agency

     

Begin a New Comment Thread

Comment Threads for this Article
Egg shell art, by cherish (August 25, 2005 06:00 AM)

Begin a New Comment Thread

Printer Friendly Version Printer Friendly Version        Email a friend Send this to a Friend

Vietnamese Art News, Events, exhibitions


# 663 E - Vietnamese Painting - From Tradition to Modernity

Vietnamese Painting by Corinne de Ménonville

#722 - Lebadang Spaces
 Vietnamese art, culture and people

#335 - Dinh Quan Lacquer Paintings

 Dinh Quan Lacquer Paintings

#107E - 100 Vietnamese Painters and Sculptors of the 20th Century
Special Offer

100 Vietnamese Painters and Sculptors of the 20th Century

#114 - VietNam Ceramics
Special Offer

photography, paintings, drawings

# 105 - Vietnamese Contemporary Art
Special Offer

Vietnamese Contemporary Art

#208 - Bui Xuan Phai - The life and works

 Vietnam Art Book

#346 - Vietnam's Award Winning Photography
Special Offer

Vietnam's Award Winning Photography

#401 - The Flower Bo-Nga-Cho-Re Hoa Bo-Nga-Cho-Re

Vietnam Art Books

#628 - Asian Art & Culture - Viet Nam

Asian Art & Culture - Viet Nam



culture and people, Art book
Paintings
Ceramics
Photography
Culture
Artists
Children
Lacquer
Ethnic minorities