Day to day: A painting on display at the exhibition, featuring a small street corner in Ha Noi.
HA NOI (VNS) — Artist Le Kim My’s paintings, inspired by simple stories of daily life in Ha Noi, are being displayed at her first solo exhibition, held at l’Espace, the French cultural centre.
These stories are represented through 50 lacquer and silk paintings, part of a growing collection that started in 2010.
They have been showcased as a diary of images, featuring aspects of the capital city that the artist was most drawn to. In one painting, one views a crowded marketplace; in another, a street corner filled with small old houses and a barber shop, with motorbikes on the street.
“Ha Noi has always given me endless inspiration. In my eyes, Ha Noi is both old and new. Besides old houses and the Old Quarter, the city has plenty of motorbikes and cars that represent modern life,” My, an art lecturer at the Viet Nam Fine Arts University for three decades, said.
“When I work on my paintings, I pay attention to every detail, even very tiny ones, such as a bird sitting on a tree branch,” she said.
Although scenes of Ha Noi are familiar to its inhabitants, they are often pleasantly surprised by the paintings’ depictions of its beauty and the peaceful, compelling nature of the daily routines of its residents.
“We see everyday life in Ha Noi in her paintings. Her sensitive heart and observant eyes have helped create unique paintings. The use of traditional materials such as silk and lacquer as a medium has made her works special,” artist Luong Xuan Doan, vice chairman of the Viet Nam Fine Arts Association, said.
Daughter of Le Quoc Loc, a renowned lacquer painter from the 20th century, who studied at the Indochina Fine Arts College, My has been lauded by experts for her original artwork.
The exhibition runs until March 31 at l’Espace, located at 24 Trang Tien Street in Ha Noi. — VNS