"Big flowers represent my belief in the ability to hear their breath, the sound of the petals in bloom"
There is no such thing as great talent without great willpower, said French writer Honoree de Balzac.
Journalist-turned-painter Nguyen Quynh Chi shows how right she was. Inspired by the formula for success - passion, hard work plus a little bit of luck - she has recently touched one hand on her artistic dream.
I heard of the ‘amateur painter,’as veteran artists call her, a few years ago through word of mouth from my colleagues. They said the journalist was locking herself up in her drawing room and gradually pulling away from the go-go pace of a journalist's daily life.
Her twist of fate sees her now faced with a new challenge: her first solo exposition, currently underway in Ha Noi. The self-taught painter is displaying in public the results of her efforts and resolution to bring forth her hidden talent.
The oils on display in A Country's Diary, which she describes as her journey to look for the nature residing within herself, contains surreal ideas represented by a lily flower. The repetition of the flower, in various forms, illustrates Chi's thoughts and aspirations, and her belief that "art is not to copy life but is to copy the mind."
"The secret of existence has always attracted me," said Chi.
Reserved when speaking, the 26-year-old woman explains why the many flowers and plants in her exposition are the reflections of life as she perceives it.
"Human like the plants. Plants and flowers move, live and die," she said.
"Big flowers represent my belief in the ability to hear their breath, the sound of the petals in bloom."
The dominating green and blue in her paintings are to her deeper than any shade of darkness.
"They are the colours of the sky, the sea, and the trees. I move inside that world and am inspired by it. Those colours expand endlessly and are deeper than black," she says.
Her ventures into visual arts began several years ago with her short story illustrations in Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper.
Then a journalist, Chi was inspired by the communications among
artists. She took note of the things she saw and learned how to make art step by step.
Well established painter Le Quang Ha, whose success stems from her free-thinking beliefs, says that professionalism in art is not regulated by an academic profile, but the maturity of the artist's ideas.
"Chi has the flair to make a difference in art," Ha said.
A Country's Diary will wrap up at the Ha Noi Contemporary Fine Art Centre, 621 De La Thanh, Ha Noi on March 5. ?VNS
Reprinted with permission from Vietnam News Agency