The more I engage with modern and contemporary art, the more fascinated I am by abstract paintings. Recently, one of the most energetic artists I know in Hanoi has experimented with abstract art. His name is Tuyen Vu (Vietnamese name: Vũ Tuyên), who has a passion for lotus flowers and their symbolic meanings.
Previously, Tuyen Vu focused on the representation of the lotus flower, the national symbol of Vietnam that you can find on the logo of Vietnamese Airlines. Without knowing much about the artist, I came to see his exhibition in 2014 for the first time because I was interested in the subjects of his paintings – lotus, love, and life.
Impressed by his colorful and meaningful artworks, I and my dad spent quite some time in the gallery and even got interviewed by a Hanoi channel. The best thing was that we met the artist just before we wanted to leave and had a chance to discuss the artworks with him. Later, I visited his studio and wrote this article: Tuyen Vu’s Lotus Flower Paintings.
Getting to know the artist, I anticipated his dramatic change in style – from representational lotus flowers to abstract paintings. Yet, I am still astonished by his new works, which are more vibrant and expressive than ever. Interestingly, they were created using… a household broom.
Energetic. Striking. Vivid. Full of life. Tuyen Vu’s abstract paintings are a great distraction from the chaos of the year 2016. The purpose of his art is to spread his love of life and the power of positivity. Nevertheless, his new set of paintings can capture anyone with the beauty of their form and color, even without any meanings at all.
If you happen to be in Hanoi and are looking for a free yet intellectual activity, why not visit his current exhibition?
Time: 07/11 – 21/11/2016
Location: 16 Ngo Quyen, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
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