Painting exhibition reveals everyday life on doù paper
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.