Exhibition “The Tropical”

Exhibition “The Tropical”

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Opening: Wed 18 Jul 2018, 6 pm
Exhibition: 18 Jul – 17 Aug 2018, 9 am – 12 pm and 1.30 – 5 pm
VICAS Art Studio

From the organizer:

39 multi-color, multi-style paintings at presence, the 5 artists together created a multi-dimensional “tropical” in art painting.

Nguyen Thanh Hai’s paintings are a unique blend between: 1) The spirit of a rocker with neither elaboration nor cheesy; 2) The rhythm of a samba dancer and 3) The color of a Fauvism artist. I love the thickness of colors, dazzling but attractive; as sweet as layers of cream. It is the artist’s intuitive expression of capturing the appealing landscapes of a “tropical zone” (sunshine, wind, blue sea, coconut trees and wandering splendid clouds).

Pham Sinh’s colorful paintings of plants, flowers, and nuances of the natural climate distinctively represent the “tropical zone”. But his ultimate goal is not to describe the scene but to express his feelings about them, paintings of flowers are like the excitements / desires of a man standing in front of a beautiful woman or, in other artwork, are the baptism of the soul witnessing the transformation of two dichotomous natural phenomenons (“after the flood”, “after the rain”, “red forest” “winter’s sunshine”).

Tao Linh’s “tropical zone” are not the bright rays of silky sunshine, the blue of the ocean, or the jubilation of aura yet the tropical zone deep inside of every human being: peaceful and soft sometimes, but also sweltering and uneasy. In the paintings of Linh, people may see the harmony between mediating and suggestive strokes and light and delicate colors. That makes his paintings inspirational.

Nguyen Manh Quynh figures a “tropical zone” of his inner soul with eight abstract paintings. It is the expression – abstract presentation of love, friendship, good and evil… The language in his paintings reminds people of the extreme weather in the land of monsoon tropical: or sultry heat, or the trembling cold of the northeast winter wind or the wet & humid air that makes it hard to breathe…

Luu Vu Long is one of the few neo-expression painters in Vietnam. Although the colors in his artworks are very of “tropical zone” yet he does not literally mention its natural features. His paintings address concerns on the social-humanity issues of the land we are living in: the mediation of being a human being and the desire for a better life between people and people. Of course, people only wish when the reality is much to be disappointed. From an anthropological perspective, Luu Vu Long’s painting series presents a “sad tropical zone”.

– Dr. Bui Quang Thang

Free entry

VICAS Art Studio
32 Hao Nam Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 9 am – 12 pm and 1.30 – 5 pm, Monday – Sunday


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