Bangkok Post reviews
From craft to art
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: September 18, 2013 at 7:57 am
From Craft To Art—Vietnamese Lacquer Paintings will be on show at Thavibu Gallery from Saturday to Oct 19. The opening is on Saturday at 5pm. The gallery is on the 4th floor of Silom Galleria, Silom Road, and opens Monday to Saturday from 11amto 7pm. Call 02-266-5454.
Contemporary lacquer paintings from Vietnam are forming an important contribution to the global art scene.
Art enthusiasts in Bangkok will have a chance to witness examples of the distinctive technique during the "From Craft To Art _ Vietnamese Lacquer Paintings" exhibition, which will open at Thavibu Gallery on Saturday.
On show will be works by Vietnam's top lacquer painters _ Truong Tan, Dinh Quan and Trinh Tuan.
The 50-year-old Truong is one of Vietnam's most internationally regarded artists as he has participated in several international exhibitions and biennales.
His lacquer paintings and other media works are often based on personal memories and experiences.
Being the first openly gay artist in Vietnam in the 1990s, he relocated to Paris and now divides his time between there and Hanoi.
Women are often the subject of Dinh's paintings. Recognised as one of Vietnam's most important lacquer artists, the 49-year-old has experimented with innovative approaches to the traditional art of lacquer painting and invented a unique and dynamic style variation to the technique.
The 52-year-old Trinh, meanwhile, opts to express his feelings and emotions in Vietnamese settings.
Often, a single figure is depicted in his paintings and that's enough to bring forth the feelings of loneliness, sadness, happiness or love.
This exhibition coincides with the launch of a new e-book of the same title, which includes works from the collection of the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum.
The first part of the book features historically important lacquer paintings in the museum's collection, while the second part focuses on contemporary works.
The e-book will be available for free on Thavibu Gallery's iPad/iPhone App and on the scribd.com website.