Colors Across Borders: The Stunning Collaboration Between Viet and Korean Painters

Exploring "colors" with Vietnamese, Korean painters Van Duong Thanh and painter Julia Oh
March 21, 2023 | 20:44
The Journey of Color between Two Vietnamese, Korean Painters
Painters Van Duong Thanh (right) and Julia Oh at the exhibition.

60 oil paintings of Vietnamese and Korean landscapes, streets, and people are featured in the exhibition themed "Van Duong Thanh - Julia Oh: A journey of color" by famed overseas Vietnamese artist and painter Julia Oh took place on March 18 at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum.

The exhibition is an opportunity to further promote the image of Vietnamese people and culture to Korean friends, as well as an opportunity for Vietnamese people to learn about Korean culture through painting.

Painter Julia Oh is a talented oil painter from Korea. This is also the fourth time Julia Oh hold exhibited in Vietnam and the second time collaborated with painter Van Duong Thanh.

Some 30 works of Artist Julia Oh at the exhibition have themes about flowers, grasses, rivers and lakes, mountains, and sunlight. These are the paintings of Mist on Seoraksan Peak, Dawn on Maisan Mountain, Sunset at Tongyeong, Dawn in the Spring or Hoan Kiem Lake in autumn, Sapa of Vietnam.

Through her delicate and artistic works, Oh brings light, peace and tranquility to viewers. The female artist said that oil painting is a special bridge to connect people with each other and with nature. Therefore, Oh always feels happy and loves life when she holds a pen to draw on her works. Therefore, the artist always tries to create beautiful and meaningful paintings to bring joy and inspiration to viewers.

The Journey of Color between Two Vietnamese, Korean Painters
Delegates cut the ribbon to open the exhibition.

Among the paintings displayed at the exhibition of artist Van Duong Thanh, there are many paintings created in recent years. Most of her paintings depict landscapes, from spring flowers and grass, scenes of the countryside in the North, scenes of places she has visited, places she has visited. In particular, the exhibition is indispensable for paintings about Hanoi, its streets, people, flower stalls, the land she loves.

Born during wartime and orphaned at a young age, Thanh has overcome extraordinary difficulties to become one of the Vietnamese artists with many works displayed at global museums.

The Journey of Color between Two Vietnamese, Korean Painters
Visitors at the exhibition.

Considered among Asia’s talented international female artists, Thanh grew up in Hanoi and studied for 12 years at l’Ecole de Beaux Arts, Indochine and at the Vietnam Academy of Fine Arts.

Through her distinctive style of using a subtle combination of Asian and European heritage in which Western techniques depict traditional motif of the natural world, women, children and flowers in more than 1,800 paintings, Thanh successfully inspires a large number of both domestic and international art lovers.

The harmonious composition of vibrant colours, reflection of its emotional value and touches of expressive semi-abstraction make her paintings unique.

She has received, among other awards, the highly regarded ‘International Excellence of Art of CFMI’, US-France in 1995 and 1997, and ‘Glory of the Nation’ of Vietnam in 2007.

Speaking at the event, Ambassador Nguyen Phu Binh, Chairman of the Association for Liaison with Overseas Vietnamese, said that he had witnessed artist Van Duong Thanh paint paintings for high-class foreign guests when coming to Vietnam. In addition, among the 100 exhibitions of Thanh, there are many exhibitions taking place in other countries.

"Not only a talented painter, Thanh is also a people's diplomatic messenger, contributing to connecting and strengthening the friendship and solidarity between the Vietnamese people and the people of other countries," Binh shared.

The exhibition is last until March 31 at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.

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