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Vietnamese and French artists showcase lacquer paintings in HCMC
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Vietnamese and French artists showcase lacquer paintings in HCMC

The Saigon Times Daily

After Lunar New Year’s Eve by Nguyen Van Minh is on display at the exhibition “The Soul of Vietnamese Lacquer” - PHOTO: VNA

“The Soul of Vietnamese Lacquer” exhibition featuring 34 lacquer paintings by HCMC-based painter Nguyen Van Minh and two French artists, Mitchell Pontie and Annick Tarbouriech, is being held at the HCMC Fine Arts Museum, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

Minh is exhibiting six large paintings, reflecting his love of the country with familiar subjects like children, women, landscapes, festivals and people’s daily activities.

The Dong Thap Province native shows his interest in spring festivals through Sau Giao Thua (After Lunar New Year’s Eve) featuring images of people watching a traditional rowing race and the nostalgia for his hometown through Que Toi (Memory of my homeland) with images of banana trees and cau khi (foot bridge) crossing a canal in the Mekong Delta.

Born in 1965, Minh began his painting career in 1989 with a group exhibition in the Mekong Delta. He graduated from the HCMC Fine Arts University in 1992 and then became one of the most outstanding lacquer artists in the city.

Minh has introduced his lacquer paintings at exhibitions in France, Thailand, South Korea, Chile and Singapore. As a lecturer at the city’s Fine Arts University, he inspires both Vietnamese and foreigners to love the art.

His French student Annick Tarbouriech is showing eight abstract paintings at the exhibition. The artist used inlaid eggshells and colors of gray, white, pink and green to give a mineral appearance to her paintings. After finishing a work, the layers created images like islets on the paintings. She calls them Shagreen skin, Thinned-skin, and Shed skin.

Tarbouriech graduated from Aix-en-Provence University in 1987, and worked as lecturer at the school from 1987 to 2010.

In 2010, she came to Vietnam to study lacquer techniques with Minh, and then had several group exhibitions with Vietnamese and French artists in both countries.

French painter Pontie, whose mother is Vietnamese, depicts the coexistence of opposites in her 20 paintings, which combine Vietnamese and European cultural heritage.

Pontie was born in Saigon and now lives and works in both France and Vietnam. She has held several solo and group exhibitions in both countries since 2007.

“The Soul of Vietnamese Lacquer” is open until July 27 at the HCMC Fine Arts Museum, 97A Pho Duc Chinh Street, District 1.

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