Sketching – The Art of The Moment

What is Sketching

With quick drawing style and typical simplicity, sketch paintings still have a very special appeal thanks to the spirit that is remembered and expressed by the talent of the artist. Hidden behind these sketches is also the special vibration of the artist. All the sadness, regret or life experiences are conveyed by the artists through their sketches.

What is sketching?

Sketching is one of the unique arts. It is a rapidly freehand drawing to record the spirit of the character or object. When drawing, the artist uses the sketching technique to outline the character and scenery first and then rearrange into a layout. This is considered an important step in the process of composing a work.Sketching The Art of The Moment

The spirit of sketching

Sketch paintings require the artist to have a deep and comprehensive view shown in the artwork, the ability to capture all the motion and exciting moment. The more rare and unique moment, the more appreciation the artwork gets. In addition, the artist also needs to have knowledge of the structure of the human body and the object, the principles of light, shadows, the law of distance,…to make the painting more quickly and accurately.

The tools used in sketching

The tools used in sketching, in terms of type, is relatively unitary but have a lot of different styles. Therefore, no matter what kind of tool you want to use, the first thing you have to notice is that you must understand its features. The newcomer should only know the features of two or more tools, then gradually learn to use other tools.
Every kind of tool has its pros and cons. For beginners, a soft pencil is the best choice because it is more convenient to repair the painting that you are drawing. But at the same time, the artist has to practice to generalize and be assertive in their pen strokes, avoiding the need to correct many times.
Once you have a good foundation in fine art, as well as you can capture some of the features of the tools, you can base on the content of the painting to choose the most suitable tool.
Pen: pencils are often used (especially soft pencil), carpenter pencil, charcoal pencil. Also, there are coal, iron pen, watercolor, ink,…
Paper: sketch paper, blank paper, print paper,…
Support tools: paper frame, small knife, rubber,…The tools used in sketching

Vietnamese artists succeed with sketches

Tran Huy Oanh

Following the call of the motherland and with the sensitive soul of the artist, Tran Huy Oanh has quickly discovered and recorded beautiful images of compatriots and comrades whom he accidentally caught and beloved. The military and civil activities in wartime appeared vividly through the paper. According to Tran Huy Oanh artist, sketching is quickly recording the image of an object or people to catch up and retain their spirit. Therefore, it is necessary to observe and find out their facial features. In the painting “Portrait of guerrilla girls”, viewers can see the certainty in each pen strokes. Or in the painting “Local mechanical worker” painted in 1969, the artist has succeeded in portraying the strong, confident expression through the face of the woman worker. Therefore, like photography, sketching is considered the art of the moment.Tran Huy Oanh - Sketching

To Ngoc Van

With the pencil, To Ngoc Van has sketched a lot of paintings about the time fighting against the enemy in the battle of Dien Bien Phu as sketching the guerrilla, the soldier on the way or the reality of the French resistance. He has discovered the noble beauty hidden behind their simple appearance. With the love for the country, he has successfully built the image of the Vietnamese people during the war.To Ngoc Van Sketching

Duong Xuan Quyen

Many Vietnamese art lovers are impressed with Duong Xuan Quyen through his artworks that convey the message of environmental protection. Among them, the painting “In the neighborhood” received the certificate of merit by the Vietnam Fine Arts Association in 2011. However, behind this artwork is the sketch seems to be scrawly without any ideas but in fact very detailed from the layout to the line. With him, in order to have a beautiful painting, sketching step is very important, the artist can choose to draw directly or indirectly through the photograph or the narrator. However, direct sketching is easier to capture the soul of the object, especially the portrait sketch.

Nguyen Gia Tri – The King of Vietnamese Lacquer Painting

Nguyen Gia Tri - The King of Vietnamese Lacquer Painting

Refer to Vietnamese painting, everyone knows the quartet “Tri, Van, Lan, Can” (Nguyen Gia Tri, To Ngoc Van, Nguyen Tuong Lan, Tran Van Can). Among them, Nguyen Gia Tri (1908 – 1993) was the only one to pursue lacquer painting.

Biography of Nguyen Gia Tri

Nguyen Gia Tri was born in Ha Tay province (now belongs to Ha Noi). He graduated from the Indochina Fine Arts College in 1936 and emigrated to the South in 1954. He is the pioneer in turning lacquer from decoration into paintings.
In order to create modern but still nationalistic paintings, the artist combined engravings with new lacquer methods and applied Western paintings layout with traditional elegant drawings. Nguyen Gia Tri’s paintings were forbidden to be brought out of Vietnam because they have been designated as national treasures by the government.

The Art Journey of Nguyen Gia Tri

At first, his paintings were influenced by realistic and impressive style. In the 1940s, he turned to lacquer painting. The familiar theme at this time was the charming young ladies leisurely walking in the romantic natural scenery. Through the skillful hands of Nguyen Gia Tri, charcoal paint, gold, silver, eggshell, cockroach paint could make splendid and mysterious lacquer paintings. He put lacquer technique on the peak, affirmed the importance of lacquer to Vietnamese painting. At that time, many French collected Nguyen Gia Tri’s paintings, they even searched for his sketches.
Besides lacquer painting, Nguyen Gia Tri also used caricatures to satirize the French colonial empire and their henchmen. This message was sharply conveyed through his traditional wood carvings. In 1960 – 1970, Nguyen Gia Tri changed to abstract style. At the end of his life, he returned to the dreamy world of the maiden.The Art Journey of Nguyen Gia Tri

The Graphic Style

In the painting “Girls in the Garden”, the girls have fun together and run around a colorful flower garden. Each shape and movement carries the shaping value. Especially, the beauty of the girls is honored by the sparkling golden color on the sky and the coat embellished by eggshells. With the large size lacquer paintings, Nguyen Gia Tri put the ancient next to the modern, the splendor next to the rustic, the hope next to the nostalgic. Typical is the back of the leaf called “Landscape. With strong lines, large patches of color, it evokes the closeness and the simplicity of the Northern countryside.
Most of Nguyen Gia Tri’s guests are South African and South American billionaires. They need large painting and have no special requirement. They let the artist freely express. Nguyen Gia Tri was the only artist in the history of Vietnamese modern painting have ever valued and sold paintings based on size.

The limitation of lacquer material

To make a lacquer painting takes a lot of time. Nguyen Gia Tri had to refuse orders continuously because he could not complete in time. In addition, the cost of painting lacquer, especially the money to buy materials is also very high. One thing that few people know about is that Nguyen Gia Tri has a strong body because he had to grind pictures every day. That’s why young artists later often afraid of hard work and do not want to make lacquer paintings.The limitation of lacquer material in Nguyen Gia Tri Paintings

Cubism – The Revolution in Modern Paintings

Cubism - The Revolution in Modern Paintings

It was cubism that created a revolution in painting and sculpture in the early twentieth century. The movement did not last long and have great resonance in contemporary time, but it has become the basis for a great creative explosion throughout the flow of painting of the century.

What is Cubism?

Cubism has been considered to be one of the most influential visual art schools of the 20th century, founded by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in Paris from 1907 to 1920. The cubist style emphasizes on the 2D plane, eliminating the traditional expression of perspective and the art theory which favor the natural imitation. They are not bound to the shape, surface structure, color or space. Instead, they bring to viewers a new form of reality through artworks depicting objects divided into multiple arrays and expressed from multiple angles.What is Cubism

Characteristics and style

Cubism appeared when the artist was looking for an approach that expresses the natural world in a new way, helps them reflect things beyond the ordinary appearance of the matter. The cubist artist represents objects from different angles simultaneously. Thus, the form of the object is also broken down into areas, arrays and geometric shapes. It can be said that the Cubist artists see things in a parallel way in space and time.
The development of Cubism can be divided into three stages: the Cubism influenced by Cézanne (1907 – 1909); Analytical Cubism (1909 – 1912) and Synthetic Cubism (1912 – 1914). Most of the artists follow Cubism have composed in both analytical and synthesized styles.Characteristics and style of Cubism

Analytical Cubism

Analytical cubism is characterized by the discrete appearance of many viewpoints and overlapping planes. It is termed analytical cubism due to the structured dissection of the subject from different angles, leads to the complexity of the picture. Objects in the painting are divided into many small, confused and quite abstract arrays. The small patches are densely put at the center and then spread out in many directions, toward the edges. Another feature of this style is that the color scheme is so simple that it’s almost monochrome. In this period, painters use almost the same color palette, in favor of yellow and brownish-grey color.Analytical Cubism

Synthetic Cubism

Synthetic Cubism goes against the layout principle of the Analytical Cubism. In the Synthetic Cubism, the layout of the painting consists of overlapping details, which are painted onto the canvas. Instead of breaking the object into small pieces and then reassembling, the image in this style is built from new elements and shape. The main features of the Synthetic Cubism are summarized as follows: simple lines and shapes, brilliant colors with many basic colors such as red, yellow, orange, blue,…
This period also marked the birth of paper painting. It was Picasso who invented the paper painting with his famous painting “The Still Life With A Cloud”, in which he pasted the oilcloth on a piece of the rattan chair. Braque also inspired this painting to create “The Fruit Plate and the Glass”. The surface structure is also an interest when artists can make use of paper materials along with the paint.Synthetic Cubism

The outstanding artists of Cubism

Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)

Pablo Picasso, the leader of the Cubism, was a special phenomenon of early 20th – century painting. In the early stages of painting, as well as many other artists, the expression of Picasso in painting was very close to the visual sense of reality despite having the potential for innovation. Before finding out the Cubism, he experimented on composing through a number of different schools of art. Then, the influences from the style of Henri Matisse and Henri “Le Douanier” Rousseau as simple drawings, as well as the inspiration derived from Iberian sculpture, Africa sculpture and Gauguin’s artworks was harmonized by Picasso to become a preliminary material for Cubist painting.Pablo Picasso Cubism

The artwork “Avignon Girls” by Picasso composed in 1907 officially marked the emergence of Cubism. In this painting, Picasso processed the cubes by analyzing them into more rough, strong and non-conventional views. The most striking feature of Picasso’s Cubism conception is in the facial expressions of girls in the picture, which is distorted and difficult to determine which direction they are facing. At the same time, the character formation method clearly shows the influence of African art.
Among the topics of works by Spanish artists, we can see the image of the women who had appeared in his life. Picasso’s cubist artworks on women are always very special. They always have something intricate, distorted and even scary. In addition, he also expressed the social tendency in his compositions with the thorny and intense expression about burning issues such as war or the human condition.

Georges Braque (1882-1963)

Georges Braque was a self-taught artist but became successful very soon. He was the one who invented the paper-sticking technique, making paintings by drawing wood or marble grain in modern art. Unlike Picasso, Braque’s style is homogeneous. In Braque’s artworks, people most find only arrays of dark brown, gold, reddish-brown or grey colors but can hardly find brilliant colors.
In Analysis Cubism, Braque divided the cubes into rectangles, triangles,… superimposed on each other. Colors are reduced to the minimum of their expressiveness, leaving only gray-brown tone. In Synthetic Cubism, Braque particularly liked to put the prints and stick the newspaper on the surface of the painting. The newspaper material appears very real next to the blurry or a little bit abstract image.Georges Braque Cubism

7 Tips For Hanging Pictures On The Wall

7 Tips For Hanging Pictures On The Wall

A beautiful painting may increase your home’s value but how to hang them in a beautiful way and make your space look more impressive is not as simple as you think.

1. Choose paintings suitable for your space

Do not buy the paintings first and then find a place to hang them. You should take a look at the room and determine which wall corner is suitable for hanging paintings. There are many different styles: lacquer paintings, wood paintings, watercolors paintings, oil paintings as well as many topics: landscape, portrait, still life, abstract. However, depending on the artistry of the home and interior style that you can choose the most beautiful and appropriate painting for your space.
Normally, each school of art fits an interior style. With a modern house, you should choose landscape painting with elegant color and not too fussy content. With a classic house, oil paintings and lacquer paintings will be very suitable but you have to put aesthetics on top.Hang Paintings Properly

2. The size of the painting must be flexible.

It must be so boring when all the paintings on the wall are the same size. There’s an exception that the artwork with content linking between each other or have the repetition in order to emphasize. But usually, three pictures are enough. On the other hand, the paintings with different sizes placed side by side will give the viewer a harmonious look.

3. Pay attention to the light

Light is the most essential factor to emphasize and embellish the beauty of the artwork. You should use a low voltage halogen lamp or incandescent light bulb to illuminate the painting. You should also pay attention to the capacity of the bulb and the distance from the build to the painting to avoid the heat of the bulb may damage the painting.Pay attention to the light when hanging paintings

4. Appropriate wall space and reasonable height

Do not be too greedy to hang too many paintings on the same wall to show off. They not only look confused but the general aesthetics of the house will be also affected. On a wall, the total hanging pictures area is never should be more than 1/3 of the total wall area. In addition, the reasonable height of the picture is when the main viewpoint of the picture is horizontal to the viewer’s eye. The picture should not be much higher than the eyesight to prevent the viewer from facing up when viewing the picture. For a common room with the height of 3m, the distance from the floor to the center of the painting is about 1.55m.
When hanging the picture in groups, the paintings can be hung in the rectangular group, horizontal group or vertical group, depending on the shape of the wall and the intention of the painting player. The appropriate distance between the edges of the painting is from 8 – 10 cm. In the case of paintings with different sizes, there are three ways to hang in groups: hanging the paintings with the same height of the bottom, the same height of the top or the same height of the center.

5. How to hang paintings properly?

Sometimes just a painting can light up a corner of a house or a room. The paintings are not only interior decoration but also express the style, knowledge as well as the depth and personality of the homeowner. However, it is necessary to know how to hang paintings, which can enhance the beauty of the picture.
Personal frames should be hung in private areas such as bedrooms, relaxation rooms or workrooms. This will not affect your other artworks. You should set aside a wall to capture the moment of your family so that all family members can be able to enjoy them.
Avoid hanging paintings in place that are directly affected by sunlight, where there is high temperature or humidity. The best way that art museums hang their paintings is that they use artificial light instead of natural sunlight. In that way, they can also adjust both the direction and amount of light into the picture.
For pictures in children’s rooms, the height of the painting must match the height of the child. It would be interesting to hang the pictures painted by the children themselves. The simple frame should be used and you should also replace the glass with mica to prevent the risk of children playing can easily drop the frames.Choose paintings suitable for your space

6. Do not intentionally use pictures to cover the interior defects

A false idea is that many people often use paintings as a cover of the wall’s defects. They also have this function if you hang them up in a well and balanced way. However, do not try to insert beautiful pictures into these positions, which will make the place look more confusing.

7. “Little is rare, rare is luxurious”

If you take advantage of this tip, your painting will become more precious and eye-catching. Pay attention to the two crossings of the wall intersection and take it as the central point to balance the place hanging pictures.

3 D Street Art Painting – The Art Of Visual Deception

3 D Paintings

Have you ever encountered on the road a painting, which you think it is a real person or a real object moving in front of your eyes? If so, you have seen a 3D picture painted on the wall or on the road of a street. 3D street painting is a very new kind of painting in Vietnam, but it is quite familiar in the world for hundreds of years.

What is 3D painting?

3D painting is a kind of painting using the light reflection, color and the artist’s way of shaping to deceive the viewer’s eyes from all angles. It is characterized by its vivid, prominent and passive patterns and drawings, giving viewers the illusion of a real thing going on. It could be an ugly, worrying scene like a fire, a broken building, a deep hole, a shipwreck, … or it could also be a beautiful and peaceful landscape like a pond with blooming lotuses, a winding river, a lush forest. Everything is so real as if we could touch them.3D Street Painting

The origin of 3D painting

The 3D street painting has emerged since ancient Greece, when the artist Zeuxius, born in 464 BC, painted a picture of fruits so lively that birds fly dissect. However, it was not until the 16th century, thanks to the works of Italian Renaissance artists and French painter Tromple I’oeil, that in French means visual deception, used to decorate the wall of the luxurious villa, this type of painting was officially known.
In the 19th century, it was innovated on new topics by British artists. Instead of just drawing divine characters, they began to exploit nature or social. From that, the name of modern street paintings appeared. But it must be nearly 100 years later since 1982, 3D street painting has really reached the level of sophistication with the colors and shapes giving the magic illusion of a living entity. That invention belongs to Kurt Wenner – an American painter, formerly a NASA illustrator and master of surrealism. He was the first to devise a three-dimensional technique and took this style around the world.What is 3D painting

What makes 3D painting unique?

3D street paintings attract the viewer by their splendor, surprise and humor. Each work is usually large, cover the road or the wall. In terms of content, it can be anything of the daily life and the dream: landscapes, cultural activities, ancient stories, movies,… Each artist has their own unique artworks depend on the style and theme they choose. Some artists specialize in drawing streams, waterfalls, jungles, birds,…represent the wonders of the world. Others paint scenes of fire, meltdown, collapse,…denote the danger. Some draw the gods, planets, spaceships, hybrids or text with complex characters, numbers that imply mysterious things.
When watching 3D paintings, people always feel relaxed and happy. Therefore, 3D street painting is an entertaining and performing art. This type of painting is also for free display and various purposes that do not affect the politics such as street decoration, branding and travel. Because of being painted with chalk, 3D paintings usually have the short lifespan and be blurred after the rain. In order to preserve the paintings. Nowadays, in addition to the road, many artists choose to compose indoors, where there are roof and glass.The origin of 3D painting

How to make a 3D painting?

3D painting requires the elaboration and accuracy. It takes hours and days to make a picture. In order to make them quickly, they often have to use a variety of techniques, including paper sketch, computer as well as having samples and models for comparison. Once the 3D projection of the object is determined, it will be applied on the wall or the ground. There is a rule as follows: The closer the painting is to the horizon, the more space it occupies. However, due to the limited area of the street or the wall, the artist has to take advantage of each area assigned in order to convey interesting content, erasing the boundary between the real and the unreal. Usually, a work is composed by a composer, but because of its complexity, it is sometimes a product of the collective.

Famous 3D paintings in the world

Cave – Edgar Mueller

Artist Edgar Mueller created a cave right on the street with incredible sharpness and authenticity. This is one of the most highly rated 3D artworks today. The cave in Ptuj (Slovenia) always get the admiration from the passer-by.Cave - Edgar Mueller 3D Painting

Swimming pool – Manfred Stader

The “swimming pool” in the middle of a commercial center in Poland is made by talented artist Manfred Stader. This work is so lively that even customers come here for shopping want to jump into the pool.

The rhythm of youth – Yang Yochun

The artwork named “Rhythm of Youth” was created by a group of Chinese artists led by Yang Yongchun. It is located in Nanjing city, Jiangsu Province, China. The group of artists used a ton of paint and 2 tons of fabric to complete the unique work. The artists planned to create the work in 6 months but they completed it in 20 days with the collaboration of 20 artists.

Nude Photo Exhibitions Causing a Stir in Vietnam

Nude Photo Exhibitions Causing a Stir in Vietnam

From 2017 up to now, three exhibitions “Artifacts”, “Fairyland”, “Art Nude” in turn organized has completely broken the barrier, bringing nude photos closer to the public.

Artifacts – the fuze break the barrier of nude photos

“Artifacts” by Hao Nhien in 2017 is considered the first licensed nude exhibition. It took place from 15 to 18/9/2017 at the HCMC Fine Arts Association. 50 works on display are done in about 7 years. Those artworks with the array of light and dark only show a part of the woman’s body, not the face. The exhibition is like a fuze break the barrier separating the audience from the nude art. Before “Artifacts”, some photographers had asked to open the nude art exhibition but failed.

Previously, the licensing of publishing and promoting the nude art was rather reserved. According to Ms. Tran Thi Quynh Nhu – the expert of the Department of Fine Art, Photography and Exhibition, the Photographers’ Association and the Department has raised the issue of nude photo exhibition but there have been some problems such as the relationship between the artist and the model, the concept of socialization,…Many people can not distinguish between artwork and the offensive, which raises the debate about this rule. Until November 2016, the circular banning beautiful women shooting, promoting naked photos has been removed.

Fairyland & the Passion of Thai Phien with Nude Art

Thai Phien is a prominent artist in Vietnamese nude art. He has been pursuing this genre for 26 years. There have been about 400 nude photos he has taken. Thai Phien is the one who always speaks up loudly, wanting people to consider nude art as a kind of photography and fairly judge it as other types of art. Unfortunately, there are still prejudices that the nude photos are naked and vulgar.
Thai Phien has published two nude photobooks: Youth and Fairyland. The exhibition displays 26 artworks from the photobook of the same name. The number 26 represents 26 years of Thai Phien’s nude photo art. The exhibition has a variety of outdoor photos with a variety of composition space, reflecting the sacrifice for the art of modeling and photography.

The Nude Art Exhibition which Helps Distinguish Flowers from Weeds

Nude art exhibition organized by the Fine Art Exhibition and Inspection Center at 29 Hang Bai Street, Ha Noi from July 20th to July 27th, 2018.
This was the first time the Department of Fine Art, Photography and Exhibition has hosted a nude art exhibition. The exhibition gathers works of 10 artists pursuing nude art all over the country such as Thai Phien, Duong Quoc Dinh, DzungArt Nguyen, Le Quang Chau,… 52 works were carefully selected by the supervision department, in order to honor the beauty of human that gifted by nature. The exhibition aimed to introduce nude art to the public, to help viewers understand and appreciate the aesthetic and human values. At the same time, the purpose of the exhibition is also to change the perception of people, to show the works created by the hand, the brain and the passion of the photographer. These artworks are compared with fragrant flowers. They are different from non-aesthetic nude photos, which are as widespread as weeds on the internet. The artwork in the exhibition express the artistic personality, visual effect, space and light impression, which highlight the beauty of the women and give the viewer the aesthetic emotions.

The photographers who pursue nude art are very excited about the exhibition. The exhibiting held by the state management agency with the scale from the top artists in the country means that all the knot related to nude photos have been removed. “From now on, localities and individuals can also perform nude art exhibition in a comfortable way”, said Thai Phien.
On the public side, there were hundreds of guests attended the opening of the exhibition despite the rain. The next day, visitors went to the exhibition are very crowded, especially on the weekend.

Time Slot Exhibition – When the Past, Present and Future reunite

Time Slot Exhibition Hanoi Vietnam

When we observe the universe, in fact, we are seeing it in the past. Similarly, seeing the artworks of Bui Cong Khanh, Nguyen Hai Dang, Nguyen Dinh Hoang Viet is seeing the past of them. All the three painters choose a very small size of paper – A4, A3 and close subjects to draw: familiar people, familiar places, familiar objects. They met at Go Fish Studio, Hoi An in the exhibition named “Time slot”, took place from 18.5 to 18.7.2018. The endless time slots in those paintings, bringing viewers into space where the past – present – future movements are constantly moving and falling into each other.
Like the star, the paintings emit their own light. If we see the sparkle, it is because of the “atmosphere” in the viewer’s mind, when it touches the light of the past.Time Slot Exhibition - When the Past, Present and Future reunite

Dang and “The Age”

Born in 1991 in Sai Gon in a Catholic family, Nguyen Hai Dang has had a passion for painting since he was young. When growing up, wondering whether to pursue art or become a monk, Dang decided to become an artist and now he is the student of Ho Chi Minh University of Fine Arts.
Since 2016, Dang has suddenly realized the age of his grandparents and remembered his childhood living with his grandparents. Finding out how suddenly he became with his grandparents, how many stories about his grandparents he does not know, but time doesn’t wait for anyone, Dang came to chat with his grandparents in the daytime and drew in the evening. And so, small pictures came out. Up to now, after two years, Dang has painted about 60 paintings.
11 oil paintings with the theme “The Age” chosen in this exhibition is what is closest to him, as he said. His grandparents appear directly or indirectly through the scene or the object. It is the prayer time of his grandparents, the nap time when his grandparents lie next to each other, the bathroom of paternal grandmother, the dining table of maternal grandmother, sauce bottle, kettle or the kitchen,… For Dang, the moment of drawing is the moment he can feel the bond between him and his grandparents.Time Slot Exhibition

Viet and “The Story of Paper”

Nguyen Dinh Hoang Viet was born in 1988 in Dak Lak. Viet has a deep concern about dead animals or damaged goods and wants to learn about their silence. In 2013, one year after graduating Hue College of Arts, Viet immediately impressed with the first solo exhibition named Weekday Diary. His second solo exhibition at Manzi asserted his personal identity – a series of dead fish, dead crabs, cracked glass, fracture…
Viet brought to the exhibition nine paintings. Paper is a character in his painting. However, “The Story of Paper” is not simply depicting the paper, it opens the story of two drawing people: Do – Viet’s nephew and Viet – the artist. The age gap and the difference in perception and soul between Viet and Do is planished in the paper. When seeing his paintings, the viewer may ask themselves: Viet is the past, Do is the future or vice versa?The Story of Paper - Time Slot Exhibition

Khanh and “The Ghost of Memory”

Khanh is the initiator of Go Fish Studio. He was born in 1972 in Hoi An. He graduated from Ho Chi Minh University of Fine Arts in 1988. For him, the history of his hometown is broken and cannot be seamless because of the new owners and the change of scenery. What was lost in Hoi An: the ancient banyan tree, the roof before restoration, the dead people and what remained patchy,… became the soul of his artworks.
6 paintings of “The Ghost of Memory” in a project about multimedia and memory is selected for display at the exhibition “Time slot” by Khanh. The scenes in his paintings look like the crispy and transparent fragments that Khanh peeled off from his mind and then mount them on the picture. Khanh used the watercolor on paper to express thoroughly his ideas.
In the six paintings, there is a painting whose background is inside the blue metro in Singapore. Khanh confided, during the occasion in this country, he could saw the figure of the ghost memory most clearly. The ghost memory – it has hidden in Khanh too long and decided to reveal when Khanh far away from his hometown. On the other hand, Khanh himself is the ghost memory, go through the time and space by his ability of painting.The Ghost of Memory

Bui Xuan Phai – The Artist of Streets

Bui Xuan Phai - The Artist of Streets

Bui Xuan Phai – Life & Career

Bui Xuan PhaiBui Xuan Phai was born on September 19, 1920, in Kim Hoang village, Ha Noi – a village famous for folk art wood carving. It is Kim Hoang village that has nurtured the soul and the impression from the childhood of Bui Xuan Phai. The brilliant colors, the fascinating drawings associated with the Vietnamese village has created his passion for painting.
Bui Xuan Phai was one of the last generations of painters of Indochina Fine Arts College, along with Nguyen Sang, Nguyen Tu Nghiem, Duong Bich Lien – those who have the influence on the development of modern Vietnamese art. He was also the member of Vietnam Fine Art Association.
After the August Revolution, Bui Xuan Phai took part in art activities serving the revolution. In 1946, at the August Art Exhibition, with the unique colors combined with the material of oil on canvas in his paintings, he was awarded the National Salvation Award. He was also the lecturer at Vietnam Fine Arts College. In 1957, when no longer taught in school, he began drawing about Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

This period also made a mark in the career of Bui Xuan Phai’s painting. When he worked as a painter for Hanoi Cheo Troupe, the topic of Cheo stage was pondered, created and became his outstanding line of painting with the scene of activities of the actor in the backstage. In his career, Bui Xuan Phai has tried on many different genres, reflected quite vividly and honestly each stage of the nation. However, Hanoi Old Quarter is his most successful subject because Hanoi is the place filled with memories, ups and downs in his life. Artist Tran Khanh Chuong, the chairman of Vietnam Fine Art Association, observed: “In Bui Xuan Phai’s painting, Hanoi’s streets are not monotonous but varied in shades of color and viewpoint .” Therefore, he is considered “The king of the old town”. His artworks not only give him individual awards from national art exhibitions, Leipzig Graphics and Capital Art exhibitions, etc. but also contribute to the art of the country priceless achievements.Bui Xuan Phai Paintings

An Artist with the Love for Hanoi

Bui Xuan Phai’s house, located on 87 Thuoc Bac Street, is considered a small museum, displaying Bui Xuan Phai and his son artworks. That is the place that witnesses the life and career of this brilliant painter. Small alley, small street, but when stepping into Phai’s World, space suddenly become wide and extraordinarily vivid because of the shade of the color in his painting. The room where “Phai’s World” reigns also brightened by the warm colors of countless paintings hung densely on the wall. It is great to see the paintings of the famous painter, not in the gallery but in the place where he used to live, brush, stretch and color…Hanoi Street - Bui Xuan Phai

For more than 40 years of art, Bui Xuan Phai has been closely associated with the ancient streets of Hanoi with profound affection. Bui Xuan Phai’s street paintings are very ancient, reflecting the soul of Hanoi Old Quarter in the 50s, 60s and 70s. The paintings often have bold borders. The streets become closer to the people, from the surface to the landscape are in depth. Seeing Bui Xuan Phai’s paintings, viewers can feel the artist has sent the memory, the nostalgia and also the sadness on each line drawing. His paintings on Hanoi Old Quarter are works of high artistic value with new creation and uniqueness.

Pop Art – The Art of Popular Culture

Pop Art

Pop art is a typical art form quite familiar to everyone, especially young people. It has the influence on many fields such as fashion, fine art, advertising, furniture…In particular, it has brought a new wind to fine art, awake the inspiration for many artists.

What is pop art?

Pop art (short for popular art) is a visual art movement that emerged in the 1950s. It is a form of art that reflects materialism in the daily life. Pop art is primarily characterized by an interest in popular culture and the inspiration found on everyday consumer products, advertising media, movies, animation, icons, etc.
Pop art often uses bold lines, daily images combined with vibrant colors, which brings a modern look. The colors used are based on the taste of each country’s culture. Pop art has also helped narrow the gap between commercial art and fine art.Pop Art Journey in the Past

Pop Art Journey in the Past

The birthplace of the pop art movement was in the United Kingdom in the mid-1950s. At that time, the Independent Group (IG), founded in London in 1952 was a group of young artists, sculptors, architects, writers and critics discussed the impact of popular culture on art, defied the approach as well as the standpoint of traditional arts.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, pop art appeared in the United States, emerged from the “cultural revolution” led by activists, thinkers and artists seeking to reverse what they considered a social order ruled by stifling adherence. American pop art uses the techniques of copying, imitating, coating and combining visual elements that represent American society and culture.
Pop Art quickly spread worldwide: Spain, Belgium, Holland,… In Japan, in the mid-1960s, the graphic designer Tadanori Yokoo became one of the most successful pop art artists of the sunrise country. The iconic character in the manga and anime has become a symbol of Japanese pop art such as Speed Racer and Astro Boy,… In Italy, Pop Art has been known since 1954 and has been expressed in various forms by artists such as Mario Schifano, Franco Angeli, Giosetta Fioroni.

The application of Pop Art in Life

Pop art in fashion

In fashion, pop art has become an endless source of inspiration for designers. Until now pop art fashion trend has never been outdated. In 2014, the Pop Art fashion trend emerged and was particularly impressed by the eye-catching designs from major brands such as Dior, Chanel, Burberry.Pop art in fashion

Pop art in architecture and interiors

Pop art is one of the most provocative and funniest design styles in interior design. The unique decorations are arranged randomly with a variety of colors, which bring the youthfulness and dynamic to space. A simple way to decorate the furniture in Pop Art style is to use the works of pop art itself: the pictures, stylized photo, graphic patterns, comic book edition, animated films or brand logos. An effect often caught in pop art is repetition: for example, you can hang four pictures of Marilyn Monroe with different color tones to form a great overall picture.

Pop art in painting

In painting, pop art artists are inspired by movies, comic books, advertisements, folk games, fairs or cars,… They express their works with the most modern techniques of industry and commerce. The material used is acrylic. Colors in the pop art are usually fresh, vibrant colors such as crimson, magenta, yellow, purple, blue or green.Pop art in painting

Prominent artists in pop art painting

Richard Hamilton

Hamilton’s artwork “Just What Is It that Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?” is considered the first work of Pop Art. The piece has all the human senses cast in various modes; the purpose of the picture was to “provoke acute awareness of the sensory functions in an environmental situation”.Richard Hamilton Painting

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was a central figure in the pop art movement. His early paintings took inspiration from cartoons and advertisements, hand-painted with paint drips.

Wayne Thiebaud

Thiebaud is an American painter who specializes in drawing biscuits, books, toilets, toys, pastries and lipsticks. He combined with the Pop art movement because of his concern about objects of mass culture. Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to express his idea. Besides, his works also contain well-defined shadow features of advertisements.

Luong Trung

Luong Trung is one of the Vietnamese artists succeeds with pop art. Using the language of pop art painting, taking the material of urban life, Luong Trung artist has created the picture with a consistent idea throughout. He gives strange views, mentions many of society’s issues interspersed with discreet mockery. Obsessive with the gap between rich and poor, Luong Trung represents this issue through various pictures. In his painting “Life”, he portrays a brewing scene with five characters chatting without paying attention to the beggar standing next to them. In another painting, he illustrates a couple sitting on the sidewalk, eating the snack and taking off their shoes for a skinny boy to polish.Luong Trung Pop Art

Le Hieu

In Vietnamese painting, Le Hieu artist follows pop art style in the direction of existentialism. With this style, he can reflect his own vision through the lens of the figure, which is mainly children. His artworks are reviewed as unique, childish, humorous and bright. He brings his childhood into each of his compositions.

Vietnamese Rice Paintings

Vietnamese Rice Paintings

There is no doubt that Vietnam is one of the leading rice exporters in the world. For thousands of year, rice has not only been associated with farming but also the cultural, spiritual life and prosperity of the nation. But perhaps not many people know that in addition to export, Vietnamese rice grains are also involved in the field of art. From the natural rice grains, through the skillful hands of the artisans, the unique and creative works of art have been created known as Rice Painting.

The origin of the rice painting in Vietnam

It is said that rice painting originated from the ancient art of India. With a passion for art and a desire to learn, some young Vietnamese artists have learned and found out the way to create the unique kind of Vietnamese artwork. Rice painting is considered as a modern painting line with the uniqueness not only in the material but also in the creativity of the artist.The origin of the rice painting in Vietnam

The process of making a rice painting

Each artwork is handmade and exclusive since it comes directly from the heart and soul of the artist. A completed rice painting must go through different stages.
The first and foremost step is rice selection: the selected grain rice must be strong, shiny and solid. Each type of rice is used for different purposes: ordinary rice for thin details; sticky rice for big details and broken rice for small details.
After choosing the suitable kind of rice, the next step is rice roasting, without the use of any coloring chemicals. The color of rice will depend on the temperature and time. Roasted rice may have 27 shades from white, yellow, orange, brown, cockroach, black,… During this process, it is indispensable that the rice not burn or crack.The process of making a rice painting

Then, the artist has to sketch an outline of the picture on a wooden block. This is the stepping-stone to shape the details and to arrange them in the picture. The more detailed the sketch is, the more beautiful the picture will become.
After completing the sketch, the artisan starts using the tweezer to arrange and graft the grains on the already sketched wooden frame. Lastly, rice is preferred by mice and insects, so artists have to apply a varnish treatment and chemical substance to preserve the colors as well as enhance the aesthetics of the painting.
The most prominent feature of rice painting is in the raw material, followed by the meticulous and feel of color when roasting. Moreover, a beautiful rice painting must meet the requirements of shape, color, layout, ratio and more important the fit of rice and the arrangement of the motifs.

Popular types of rice painting

The topics of rice painting are varied: Portrait rice painting; landscape rice painting; calligraphy rice painting; religious rice painting,… Because of the diversity in theme, foreign visitors can easily choose a picture of rice as a gift. In particularly, paintings of nature, country or Vietnamese are favored by many people.
What makes a rice painting unique is the color harmony, the arrangement of the rice grains and the attractive display. The artist’s talent and ingenuity are revealed through the combination of these elements.Popular types of rice painting