Vietnam Art Books -- Five writers display paintings: an impromptu inspiration (May 12, 2005)

Five writers display paintings: an impromptu inspiration (May 12, 2005)

Five writers Nguyen Quang Thieu, Doan Le, Do Minh Tuan, Hoang Minh Tuong and Tran Nhuong have surprised the public with a joint painting exhibition.

The exhibition, which opened on May 5 and runs until May 12 at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum at 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hanoi, has attracted much interest, as the painters are also writers.

Writer Doan Le said: “Apart from literature, they shared the same interest in painting and therefore, the display is to open their heart to the public on a corner of a writer’s soul.”

Poet and film director Do Minh Tuan opened his individual exhibition, entitled ‘Negative View’ in Hanoi and Paris in 1993. His paintings look modern with mainly red and black. He admitted that, “when producing films, I face many difficulties with decisions beyond my ability, such as technical equipment, money, actors and actresses. While it’s different in painting, it is a game to get back the balance and vitality for my life.”

Do Minh Tuan uses gouache and paper cutting, painting often the chicken, as for him “the chicken symbolises the unity and warmth of the family”.

Planning to run his own exhibition every five years, Poet Tran Nhuong had two individual exhibitions in 1998 and 2003. His paintings normally have light and lively colours featuring landscape, still life and nudes.

Writer Doan Le has been painting for 20 years. Her first teacher in the field was the late Bui Xuan Phai. She follows the classical painting style and pays attention to every detail, reflecting the beauty of women.

Writer Hoang Minh Tuong started painting in 2001. He said he didn’t follow any courses in the field, just learning by looking at other paintings. His paintings are simple and funny, depicting the strong and simple beauty of country life.

The novelty in the art of painting is poet Nguyen Quang Thieu. His paintings created over the last three months have caused a great surprise. His 15 large oil paintings, with hot and cold palettes, have impressed viewers. His paintings depict his memory, dreams and desires. They are also his poems rewritten in colours and pictures.

It was Thieu who broke the record at the exhibition, selling 14 out of 15 paintings on display.

These writers paint like painters, the quality of their work showing their seriousness and talent.

Ten percent of the proceeds from the exhibit will be donated to Agent Orange victims.

Reprinted from VietNamNet


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