Paint­ing ex­hi­bi­tion re­veals ev­ery­day life on doù pa­per

Viet Nam News - - LIFE&STYLE -

HAØ NOÄI — Water­coloured paint­ings on doù (poonah) pa­per by Vuõ Thaùi Bình, are on dis­play in Haø Noäi re­flect­ing the peace­ful and mod­est daily life.

The ex­hi­bi­tion Saéc Doù (Colours of Doù Pa­per) opened yesterday in Haø Noäi show­cas­ing 30 of his re­cent paint­ings.

Bình, 42, is con­sid­ered as a mas­ter of paint­ing on doù pa­per. In­stead of small paint­ings as usual, he of­ten cre­ated large paint­ings (1m-2m long) which re­quires high tech­nique and skill.

His paint­ings are mem­ory of his child­hood and feel­ings about the peo­ple and the places he vis­ited.

“I tell peo­ple mem­o­ries in the old days, when my par­ents were of­ten ab­sent from home work­ing, I stay alone with lazy cats, a dog guard­ing at the door and chick­ens find­ing rice on the ground,” he said.

“Some paint­ings are in­spired by eth­nic peo­ple in the north­ern prov­ince of Haø Giang where life is so hard but I still find beau­ti­ful things such as tol­er­ant old women, in­no­cent chil­dren and hard­work­ing peo­ple,” said Bình.

Over the last few decades, doù pa­per—the rus­tic gift of Viet­namese coun­try­side—re­mains an open artis­tic chal­lenge for artists who search for a break­through in Viet­namese con­tem­po­rary art, said Löông Xuaân Ñoaøn, vice chair­man of the Vieät Nam Fine Arts As­so­ci­a­tion.

“The al­lure of doù is not dif­fi­cult to dis­cern,” he said.

Doù seems to be the only ma­te­rial for Bình to cre­ate. It also brings the fame for the painter.

“Doù is the fa­mil­iar ma­te­rial for folk paint­ings and sketches. But Bình used doù to make re­mark­able art­works,” he added.

“Each paint­ing is a com­bi­na­tion of many lay­ers of doù pa­per. His wa­ter­colours blur on the thin and soft pa­per bring­ing much emo­tion for the au­di­ence.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion will run un­til Oc­to­ber 8 at the Vieät Nam Fine Arts Mu­seum, 66 Nguyeãn Thaùi Hoïc Street, Haø Noäi. — VNS

Loyal: Ñôïi (Wait­ing). This im­age shows the dog’s faith­ful­ness.

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