Vietnam Art Books -- Veteran Hanoi artist shows his introspective landscape paintings (March 09, 2005)

Veteran Hanoi artist shows his introspective landscape paintings (March 09, 2005)


Sapa in the Mist.

A painting exhibition featuring landscapes by veteran artist Dang Tin Tuong is currently on display at 16 Ngo Quyen, Hanoi.

The collection is comprised of 20 paintings on poonah paper that explore the impressive landscapes of two beautiful areas in the north of Vietnam - Sa Pa and Ha Long Bay.

Tuong's style differs from other well-respected scenic painters. Whilst others prefer a palette of hot and radiant colours Tubing often uses blues, greys and purples to capture the emotion of the landscape.

"I paint for myself. Whether scenic paintings should use radiant or muted colours is not important. The soul of my paintings reflects what is inside me, " he said.

The collection forms a personal diary of restless trips to the mountains and the sea where he sketched his impression of local nature and life through paintings such as Sa Pa in the Mist, Cat Cat in the Cloud, My Home, The House in the Highlands and Night at Cua Ong.

Tuong, 60, started his career as an engraving lacquer artist and gained acclaim with engravings such as Festival at Ngoc Son Temple, The Village -Lane (1980- 87), Spring in the Viet Motherland (1992) and Ha Long Landscape (2000) .

He won the National Fine Arts Prize in '1980 and Vietnam Fine Arts Association Prize in 1990-82.

This is the second exhibition for the artist and it will free him up to explore new creative avenues in his future works.

"Compliments should be given to Tuong because he does not neglect the meticulous and scrupulous technique of engraving lacquer art; conversely he implements his technique of the "dry" painting style in his "water" paintings, a discipline which often lures artists in to postcard impressionism, " art critic Quang Viet said at the exhibition.

"Dang Tin Tuong's exploration of the new medium is at its most striking when it comes to the series of Sa Pa landscapes. In this collection, Tuong has transferred the assets of engraving lacquer to poonah paper. His paintings meld the two painting techniques, to enhance the beauty of the images that he achieves. It is truly modern," Viet said.

The exhibition runs until March 14. (VNS)

Reprinted with permission from Nhan Dan Newspaper

     

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