HÀ NỘI — An exhibition of engraving paintings opened in Ha Noi on Tuesday, featuring artists representing different generations of Vietnamese graphics art.
The exhibition entitled Khắc Họa (Engraving Paintings) displays a collection of more than 60 graphic artworks by Trần Nguyen Đan, Le Mai Khanh and Phạm Khắc Quang.
“Through the artworks, visitors will have the chance to see a historic period of graphics art development in Viet Nam and a panorama of Vietnamese fine arts as well,” said the exhibition’s curator Luneta Phan.
Late artist Khanh (1952-2017) is the only woman to have her work shown at the exhibition. She was a lecturer in the faculty of graphic art at Viet Nam Fine Arts University.
Her 22 works at the exhibition including wood-engraving painting entitled Tat Nưoc (Bailing) and Bắt Ca (Fishing). The paintings were displayed at exhibitions in 1995 and in 2005.
Her daughter artist Phương Mai told a press conference that her mother focused on water puppetry in her paintings towards the end of her career.
But only one water puppetry painting entitled Mua Rối Nưoc (Water Puppet) is being shown at the event. Made in 1998, the painting is a lively image of labour production and cultural activities of Vietnamese people in rural areas.
Khanh had exhibitions in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the US and France and she won top prizes at the national graphics art exhibition and the national fine arts exhibition.
Her works are displayed at the Viet Nam Museum of Fine Arts and in collections in Poland, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden.
Artist Đan aged 79 is one of the veteran artists making engraving paintings with more than 20 at the exhibition.
The oldest painting is Lang Nhị Khe – Que Nguyễn Trãi (Nhị Khe Village – Nguyễn Trãi’s Hometown) made in 1979. It features the landscape of Nhị Khe Village in Ha Noi’s outskirt Thường Tín District.
Di Sản Hoi An (Hoi An Heritage) was made this year for the exhibition, depicting the scenery of Hoi An and Ba Mụ Pagoda with the harmony between Japanese and Chinese architecture.
A series of Hoi An-themed paintings are also being shown at the exhibition including Hoi An Trong Mắt Toi (Hoi An in My Eyes), Phố Cổ Hoi An 1 (Hoi An Ancient Town) and Người Ban Tò He Hoi An (Hoi An’s Tò He Toy Figurines Seller).
Đan graduated from Industrial Fine Arts College and has been part of solo and group exhibitions in Viet Nam, Japan, Germany, China, Russia, Poland and Japan.
His awards include top prizes at the National Graphics Exhibition and the National Fine Arts Exhibition. He received the State Award for Literature and Arts in 2007.
Last but not least is Quang, whose paintings are rich in themes featuring portraits, villages, landscapes and rituals.
He made a series of portraits about his family members, with the painting an organisation gathering hundreds of small portraits engraved on wooden stamps. Each stamp is printed three times with different shades.
Quang graduated from the Viet Nam Fine Arts University. He has had solo and group exhibitions in Viet Nam, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and France.
He has won awards at Asean Graphics Art and the National Fine Arts.
The exhibition runs until February 27 at Lunet Art Gallery, Pan Pacific Hotel, No1 Thanh Nien Road. —