HCM CITY -- The HCM City Fine Arts Association is hosting its first virtual exhibition themed Sắc Mau Bình Yen (Colours of Peace) featuring works by 63 artists from the association.
The exhibition displays 103 paintings and sculptures in different materials such as oil, acrylic, lacquer, wood, and metal.
Themes include the beauty of the country, HCM City during social distancing days, gratitude to frontline workers, wish for a peaceful life, culture, and portraits. Still-life paintings are also featured.
Painter Le Xuan Chiểu, deputy chairman of the association, said: “The exhibition is one of the association’s meaningful activities during social distancing. It plays an important role in connecting artists in the city and all over the country who want to share their art with art lovers.”
The highlights of the exhibition are works by veteran artists Nguyễn Xuan Tien, Hua Thanh Bình, Bui Hải Sơn and Trương Lo, among others.
Tien's two sculptures in aluminium are Tuổi Thơ Anh Bình (Peaceful Childhood) and Tình Nhan Ái (Compassion).
Tình Nhan Ái features images of frontline workers with a background of Bến Thanh Market to show people’s gratitude to medical workers, soldiers and volunteers who have devoted their life to the fight against the pandemic.
Tien has won top art prizes from the Viet Nam Fine Arts Association since 1996, and has participated in exhibitions in the country and abroad.
His signature works like Lão Du Kích (The Old Guerrilla), Lạnh (Cold), and Ngọn Đen Của Mẹ (Mother’s Light) are in museums in HCM City, Đa Nẵng and Hong Kong.
Tien is currently chairman of the city’s Fine Art Association and lecturer at Ton Đuc Thắng University and HCM City Fine Arts University.
Meanwhile, peace is the theme of Trương Lo’s two thủy mặc (Chinese ink) paintings Bình Minh (Sunrise) and Xuan Sơn Yen Vũ (Peace in the Mountain).
Lo, chairman of the city’s Chinese Fine Arts Club, has 60 years of experience in arts. He is recognised as one of the masters of thủy mặc painting and caligraphy in the city.
Along with veterans in the exhibition are young artists like Nguyễn Ngọc Vinh and Le Đuc Phu Quang
Vinh uses silkscreen printing techniques to create a triptych called Metro#3, portraying the city’s landscape and its Metro subway project.
He also applies steel engraving techniques to his painting Moc (Wood), depicting the cross-section of three tree trunks.
Vinh, a graduate of the city’s Fine Arts University, is currently a lecturer at the school. He has participated in exhibitions and art contests in the country and has received top prizes.
The Colours of Peace exhibition can be seen at the association’s Facebook page facebook.com/hmtqe/ until October 30. VNS
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