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Beauty of northwestern ladies in city
By My Tran in HCMC
Tuesday,  Mar 20, 2012,20:44 (GMT+7)

Beauty of northwestern ladies in city

By My Tran in HCMC

A painting by artist Ha Hung Dung on display at ‘Mo Hoang’ at THINK Cafe in HCMC’s Phu Nhuan District Photo: My Tran
‘Mo Hoang’ (Wild Dreams) by artist Ha Hung Dung is on display at THINK Cafe, allowing visitors a chance to admire the grace of women of all ages in the northwest as well as explore the peaceful, tough and rustic life of the mountainous area’s locals.

On display are 10 paintings, depicting the beauty of ladies in the northwest regions. The exhibition is the result of the artist’s visit to Sapa, Lao Cai and Yen Bai provinces. Works are inspired from the stunning beauty of wild flowers, splendid landscapes and charming ladies in colorful brocade costumes.

“I love to paint women who are strong but also romantic. I love the way they are busy with daily life but their hearts are filled with dreams,” said Dung. Therefore, each work is the artist’s profound feelings emerging from the working activities of those women. Talented expression and skillful combination of colors with primitive sceneries, brocade clothes and sunburned and reddened cheeks make them appear vividly and innocently like dreams.

“My ideas are inspired from dreams, smoldering desires in my soul as real life is often too harsh for people to live truly within their characters. Some dreams are just hidden inside and people either are too scared to or unable to make them come true, so I put those dreams in my paintings,” said Dung, adding each work is each a wild dream.

Born in 1980 in the southern coastal city of Vung Tau, the artist graduated from HCMC Fine Arts University in 2005. He has had a few solo exhibitions and joined many group shows.

The show runs until March 29 at the cafe, 35 Ho Bieu Chanh Street in HCMC’s Phu Nhuan District.

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