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"Vietnamese Emotions II: Work by Trinh Tuan"
2001-04-21 until 2001-05-13
Trinh Tuan uses lacquer paintings as a medium to express inner feelings and emotions. His subjects are sometimes shown single, depicting loneliness or perhaps sadness. Often his paintings show a man or woman with warm feelings for each other, or at times the opposite. They seem to have emotions inside which they are unable to release.
The technique of lacquer paintings came to Vietnam around A.D. 1450 when a Vietnamese Mandarin was sent to China to learn about this particular form of art. The lacquer painting technique has hit a renaissance due to a group of artists in Vietnam who have taken the difficult art form into the 21st Century. It is a very meticulous work to produce a lacquer painting, and the process can take several months to complete. First, a piece of board is being prepared and polished to serve as a template. The lacquer substance is then applied and polished, often in 8 – 10 layers. Colours, silver and gold leaf, mother of pearl, eggshell and other substances are applied between the layers of lacquer. The process is very time consuming and requires a lot of skills. It is difficult to know the final result and have full control of the colours, even with many years of experience.
This is the second exhibition by Trinh Tuan at Thavibu Gallery. He is a young artist, 39 years old, but already a Professor at the Hanoi Industrial Fine Arts College and a Member of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association with several shows abroad, such as in China (1996), Japan (1996, 2000), Germany (1997), Singapore (1997, 2000), Denmark (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000), France (1998), Laos (1999), Australia (1999), Argentina (1999), USA (1999), Thailand (1999, 2000, 2001), Israel (2000), Netherlands (2000), and Taiwan (2000).
Lonely III, 2000
Lacquer on board
40 x 40 cm