Abstract painting

An exhibition of abstract paintings ponders a natural disaster

Artist Nguyen Ngoc Phuong has opened a “Niệm” (Opinion) exhibition in Hanoi, showcasing his lacquer paintings inspired by historic floods in the central region.

Abstract paintings are great; even the smallest measures 1.24 m by 2.44 m.

The paintings came to life after Phuong visited the central region in 2018 and 2019 after massive flooding.

He felt the urge to paint after witnessing the erosion of land, destroyed forests and the loss of people after the disaster.

“After the floods and heavy rains, the water pouring down from the top caused soil erosion. Seeing this scene made me think the mountain was crying,” he said.

A visitor to the Nguyen Ngoc Phuong exhibition. VNS Photos Thu Hang

To create these lacquer paintings, Phuong collected mud to mix into the paint. He hopes his works will inspire people to reflect on nature and spirituality.

Phuong was born in 1975 in Hanoi. Between 2008 and 2018, he participated in numerous international exhibitions around the world. This is the third time he has organized a personal exhibition in Vietnam.

What differentiates this exhibition from previous ones is that he is always renewing himself and his art, keeping his own path and avoiding others.

He renovated the art of lacquer by mixing paint with mud collected in the central region. He polished only part of the work, not the whole painting, leaving rough spots to illustrate the land surface, forests, mountains, and caves.

“In this exhibition, I painted the nature and people of my homeland with all my awareness and consciousness,” Phuong said.

Artist Ly Truc Son remarked that Nguyen Ngoc Phuong’s art and personality are united. “He’s not trying to find a style, he’s just presenting what he’s been through, hoped for and proud of,” Son said.

“To create this collection of paintings, Phuong only used black and white, like yin and yang, two factors that can create endless expression. Looking at his paintings, I think he united consciousness to the intuition of an unconscious mind,” he added.

An exhibition of abstract paintings ponders a natural disaster
Evacuate, one of the paintings presented at the exhibition.

Painter Yen Nang appreciated that “Niệm” was a successful exhibition because Phuong clearly expressed his opinion and intention through art.

“The mud mixed with paint bears witness to the era. His art evokes the feeling of terrace, loss, changes and people’s actions. Photos of paintings cannot show artistic effect. I think the audience should come and see it personally,” Nang said.

The exhibition will continue until Tuesday, November 30 at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hanoi.

Source: Vietnam News

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