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Hanoi artist incorporates snapshots of pandemic life into lacquer painting

Monday, May 17, 2021, 12:07 GMT+7
Hanoi artist incorporates snapshots of pandemic life into lacquer painting
The ‘Tinh Thoi COVID’ (Love in the COVID Era) lacquer painting by Tran Lam Binh

Painter Tran Lam Binh’s latest solo exhibition at the Vietnam National Museum of Art features panoramic, lacquer artworks retrospective of the world’s past hectic months under COVID-19.

The exhibition ‘Bong Mai’ (Shadow of Lacquer) showcases 25 of Tran Lam Binh’s lacquer paintings of panorama size.

It is open until Monday. 

The artworks take on various subject matters, from self-portraits to real-life world events during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A case in point is the painting ‘Tinh Thoi COVID’ (Love in the COVID Era) alludes to social and political frenzies that the pandemic brought to the table, with images of toilet paper, face masks, and social distancing scattered around likenesses of world leaders.

His brand of pop art, where hectic, brash blocks of colors are presented in lieu of the usual smooth and gleamy texture of lacquer painting, is on full display in the selection of works.

‘Khau trang va thieu nu’ (Young woman with face masks,) lacquer painting by Tran Lam Binh.

The ‘Khau Trang Va Thieu Nu’ (Young Woman with Face Masks) lacquer painting by Tran Lam Binh

Binh first emerged in the domestic art scene with his solo exhibition ‘Dong’ (Closed) at Hanoi’s L'Espace.

His subsequent works, including the art display ‘Chop Nhay’ (Flashing Lights) in Ho Chi Minh City, as well as a portrait series of Donald Trump and other United States presidents, have gained him substantial acclaim from art lovers in Vietnam.

In 2019, Binh represented Vietnam at the international art exhibition Florence Biennale in Italy, where his artworks were showcased alongside 700 other artists' from various countries.

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