Dinh Quan, Self-Portrait (1), 2007, Lacquer and dyes on board, 120 x 120 cm. Price: US$ 10,800
Curator: Shireen Naziree
You are kindly invited for the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 19th November 2011 at 17:00 (5 pm) at.
Thavibu Gallery is pleased to present the art exhibition Red River Rising with contemporary lacquer paintings, lacquer sculptures and a video presentation by the Vietnamese artist Dinh Quan.
Dinh Quan is Vietnam's most important lacquer artist, applying a technique that has ancient roots in Asia, and which has been taken to new and exciting levels in Vietnam by innovative techniques and methods. Transparent, reflective and opaque all at once, the lacquer paintings of Dinh Quan flirt with contradictions as he stretches his limits using his unique style of painting.
In Red River Rising, questions of subjects and viewpoints undergo subtle inflections toward their material, spatial and historical dimensions. Though his dialogue is not overtly political, he has seamlessly moved from the surreal to the everyday with an open ended conclusion. Whether autobiographical or drawn from the lives around him, he continues to focus on relationships, always keeping the current socio-political situation in Vietnam in mind.
Dinh Quan is 46 years old and graduated from the lacquer department of the Hanoi Art University in 1990. He has exhibited extensively internationally, including in Singapore, Malaysia, Luxembourg, Belgium, Hong Kong, USA, Britain, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Norway, France and China. His most recent major exhibition took place in the Vietnam Fine Art Museum in 2009. Dinh Quan's works are featured in the museum collections of the Singapore Art Museum, the National Art Gallery of Malaysia, and the Fine Art Museum of Vietnam.