Pham An Hai, Mountain Landscape II, 2009, Oil on canvas, 80 x 100 cm, US$ 4,800
Thavibu Gallery is pleased to present the art exhibition The Flow of Time with new oil and lacquer paintings by the Vietnamese artist Pham An Hai on 21 Nov - 13 Dec 2009.
At one level, many of Pham An Hai's paintings may be viewed as cityscapes or landscapes from his home city of Hanoi and its surroundings, or paintings from nature. We can discern houses, buildings and narrow lanes, and also imagine the city in various seasons or time of the day. Some paintings draw one's attention to Hanoi in winter or it can be Hanoi in a red light stemming from the evening sun. Paintings of lotuses and water and mountains also feature in his latest series. Sometimes, there is a tranquil, romantic tinge to the works, though they also display a roughness and expressiveness due to the layering of colours and rich texture. At another level, his paintings may also reflect inner landscapes of the soul and heart.
Pham An Hai is a master in the use of colours, and the choice and combination of colours are important features in his works. Pham An Hai has shown that abstract works can show deeper meanings than being plain abstractions. In his current exhibition, he has also ventured into lacquer painting, a traditional technique that has been adopted in Vietnam for contemporary art. Pham An Hai is 42 years old and completed his Master of Fine Arts in 2006. His foreign exhibitions include Britain, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Belgium, Thailand, Japan, Italy, Korea, and the USA.
An online catalogue (pdf file) has been published on the website where it can be downloaded for free.