Artist offers a new take on nude silk painting
Artist Bui Tien Tuan has debuted his nude paintings on silk which experts say are rare in Vietnamese fine arts.
|A visitor looks at the paintings. — Photos from facebook of the artist|
The exhibition in HCM City entitled Nguyệt Sáng Gương Trong (The Mirror of The Moon) displays 58 silk paintings which Tuan painted in the last five years.
The artist drew nude women to explore all aspects and all possibilities of feminine charm.
“I don’t paint a specific female figure,” said Tuan. “I portray beauty. Silk material is soft and supple helping me to express my ideas."
He features beauty in different postures and in different spaces such as in a bar, in the bedroom, floating on a water surface or drifting into the infinite vacuum of the universe.
The women in Tuan’s paintings are different from most previous depictions of women in silk paintings, according to fine art researcher Ha Vu Trong.
“Artist generations from Indochina Fine Arts College, Gia Dinh Fine Arts College or Hue Fine Arts School in the past drew Vietnamese women with elegant beauty,” said Trong.
“Tuan's women step out of his studio and go to the modern world which is a noisy and glittery urban area full of glamour and temptation.
"The exhibition goers can easily see the difference from Tuan’s paintings at the exhibition," said critic Dang Than.
|One of the latest silk paintings by Bui Tien Tuan.|
“The nude paintings are light breath,” Than said. “They are not dreamy like Vietnamese traditional silk paintings and they are not fierce like Japanese shunga silk painting or like Egon Schiele’s paintings.
“Tuan has spent time to practice making his drawing style light as a leaf and silently drifting like a swan.”
Tuan, 50, was born in Hoi An, the central province of Quảag Nam and teaches at the HCM City University of Fine Arts.
He has had many solo and group exhibitions in the UK, France, and South Korea. He won a silver medal at the National Fine Arts Exhibition in 2010 and his paintings are in collections at Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, HCM City Fine Arts Museum and private collections.
He also released a painting book called The Mirror of The Moo at this exhibition. It is the first Vietnamese book with silk nude paintings. The bilingual book is written in English and Vietnamese with words by artist Tran Hau Tuan and other critics.
His first book was Hơi Thở Nhẹ (Light Breath) in 2010. The two books were distributed by Fine Arts Publishing House.
The exhibition runs until June 6 at Eight Gallery, No 8 Phung Khac Khoan Street, District 1, HCM City.
Nude paintings created by different generations of artists are on display at a unique exhibition that opened on Thursday in Hanoi.