Watercolour paintings by Ngo Quang Nam are currently on display at a Hanoian exhibition, covering 40 years of the artist's working life.
Homeland: Watercolours on display at the Korean Cultural Centre include Sister and Brother (top). — File Photos
HA NOI —
The showcase aims to shed more light on Nam's methods and philosophy, offering viewers a better understanding of his work, said Tran Khanh Chuong, chairman of the Viet Nam Fine Arts' Association.
"I've always been extremely moved by his paintings, so often featuring the beauty of his homeland," Chuong added.
One of Nam's latest paintings, entitled Que Toi (My Homeland) and painted entirely from memory, depicts the typical character of the countryside landscape of northern Phu Tho Province.
"I really hope that viewers will be able to recognise how hard I've been working over the last couple of decades," Nam said.
Some of the artist's latest paintings to debut at the show include Sister and Brother and Mother and Child, both painted during a recent field trip to the mountainous and remote province of Ha Giang, focusing on the traditional costumes of the Dao and Mong ethnic groups.
With this being the first exhibition to specialise solely on watercolour paintings, Nam has also included works from the past years such as Yellow Autumn; Neva River and In the Park, painted while studying in the Czech Republic.
The exhibition additionally includes one of Nam's paintings, entitled Tam Dao and owned by collector An Kieu, which has long been upheld as one of the artist's best works.
Born in 1942, Nam graduated from the Prague Fine Arts Academy in 1973 following several solo exhibitions in the city.
Over the course of years, the artist has participated at exhibitions in Argentina, Chile, the US and Switzerland.
Nam's show will run until September 20 at the Korean Cultural Centre, 49 Nguyen Du Street in Ha Noi. — VNS