Opening: Tue 19 Feb 2019, 9.30 am
Exhibition: 19 – 28 Feb 2019
Dong A Gallery
115 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
From the organizers:
You are invited to the international exhibition “Dien mao chau A” (Face of Asia) showcasing 25 artworks by Thai artist Vichit Nongnual.
From the Land of Smiles, Vichit Nongnual will bring Vietnamese art enthusiasts a new experience with portrait paintings.
First and foremost, the novelty comes from colors. Each artwork in this exhibition seems to have only one primary color; extremely warm, or extremely cold, taking over the painting. It is the simplicity in colors that surrounds and encompasses the vision of the viewers, leading them to the inner world, where we face ourselves.
Not only so, the images in Vichit Nongnual’s paintings are also very unique. He conveys a perspective through the portraits of people with a typical Asian face. They seem quiet, neither happy nor sad, they don’t laugh nor speak. Their gaze direct, piercing into the viewers’ minds, forcing us to sit with them in an intense one-on-one conversation. Are they, like ourselves, hiding their emotions behind these shapes covering their face? Vichit Nongnual uses minimalistic strokes to depicts these shapes – flowing, cracking, blending with the hair of the person portrayed. These are natural factors from a pure Asian mind, with wind, earth, water, lava,… and dragons, and butterflies. These elements form the world in which we live, deeply embedded in the Asian life, the Asian perspective, the Asian cultural core. Vichit Nongnual painting has converged people, nature, spiritual life, creating a full face of Asia.
Through these “fusion” portraits, Vichit Nongnual also elevates the level of harmony between people and nature, posing the challenge to preserve the “face of Asia” in the modern life.
About the artist:
Vichit Nongnual was born in 1971. He is a widely-known Thai artist and has exhibited in Asia, Europe and the United States. After graduating with a BFA in Ceramics from Faculty of Decorative Arts, Silpakorn University, he pursued his passion and has made many achievements in decorative arts, even in abstract genres and realistic portraits. In this exhibition, he also incorporates decorative arts into his paintings, making portraits and decorative images, two things seemingly contradictory, blend together to create new visual effects. This combination serves as a creative inspiration, as he confided, “Fashion and interior design are a source of emotions in my paintings and sculptures. Those are such charming, beautiful, joyous and meaningful objects. And it is clearly shown on my portraits of acrylic paint and screen paint.”
Translated by Hanoi Grapevine