Exhibition boasts the arts of Vietnamese lacquer painting

Thursday, 2018-11-01 17:08:43
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Painter Nguyen Quoc Huy standing in front of his paintings at the opening of the exhibition in Hanoi on October 31. (Photo: NDO/Minh Nhat)
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NDO – An exhibition entitled “Mien co tich” (Fairyland) opened at the Republic of Korea (RoK) Cultural Centre in Hanoi on October 31, displaying 29 lacquer paintings by celebrated Vietnamese painter Nguyen Quoc Huy.

The 29 artworks remind the audience of a dreamy world, with the simplicity and gentle air of an age-old fairyland in the middle of the Vietnamese countryside.

The exhibits, including large scaled paintings measuring 120cm x 180cm, expressed in the muted yet radiant light of eggshells and the fresh, vibrant shades in the colour chart of yellow, green, red, brown, and grey.

Nguyen Quoc Huy impressed his colleagues and visitors to the exhibition with the miraculous transformation of lacquer and the emotional expression he can depict in his work while utilising the traditional Vietnamese media of lacquer.

The paintings are beyond Nguyen Quoc Huy’s exceptional painting techniques but rather they reflect Huy’s interest in playing with colours.

According to Huy, he spent almost a year to complete a 120cm x 90cm painting, and for a larger painting, it can even take him up to three years.

In her remarks, RoK Cultural Centre Director Park Hye-jin said that while admiring Huy’s lacquer paintings, she felt like she was lost into a a virtual world with the blurred and charming scenery of Vietnam’s countryside and villages.

She complimented that everything in Huy’s paintings seem to have a soul and magnetic attraction, which allowed her to feel very peaceful and relaxed.

She expressed her hope that the ‘Fairyland’ exhibition would contribute to preserving and upholding the art of Vietnamese lacquer painting, while offering a venue for painters from the two countries, who share a passion for working with the material, to exchange their experience.

Born in 1971 in Hanoi, Nguyen Quoc Huy has established himself as one of the Vietnamese artists to have succeeded in blending a fresh breath into traditional lacquer paintings.

He has hosted a number of exhibitions at home and abroad, which have contributed to introducing the charm of Vietnamese lacquer paintings to the world.

The exhibition will run until November 17 at the RoK Cultural Centre, 49 Nguyen Du street, Hai Ba Trung district, Hanoi.

Selected photos on display at the exhibition:

"Mien co tich' (The Fairyland) - 120cm x 180cm (2018).

'Som Ho Guom' (Sword lake in early morning) - 90cm x 120cm (2017).

'Thang ba' (March) - 50cm x 70cm (2018).

'Xuan nhat' (The fading spring) - 120cm x 180cm (2017).