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Sài Gòn street culture featured at exhibition of foreign, local artists

Update: September, 15/2016 - 09:00
Vietnamese artist Khoa Hàn’s painting features Sài Gòn from the HSBC Bank. Photo courtesy of Khoa Hàn Facebook
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY – An exhibition of watercolour paintings about Sài Gòn street culture by four city-based artists will open at La Saigonais in District 1 on September 16.

“Saigon Just around the Corner” will include 100 works by Bridget March from the UK, Jean Marc Potlet from France, and Khoa Hàn and Thụy Dương from Việt Nam.

Each artist captures their own interpretation of life on street corners across the city, with focus on people, markets, food, sounds and smells.

Watercolourist March, who has lived and worked in HCM City, Sapa and Hội An since 2012, worked as a freelance product designer and art lecturer in the UK before moving to Việt Nam.

The 62-year-old has drawn hundreds of paintings and drawings of Scotland and northern England for more than 20 years.

She has had two solo exhibitions in Hội An and HCM City, and several group exhibitions in Việt Nam, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.

She has published two books, “A Week in Hội An” and “A Summer in Sapa”, featuring her paintings and drawings about culture, life and landscapes.

The exhibition also includes works by Khoa Hàn, a native of Bình Định Province, who captures stunning images of Sài Gòn’s landscape.

Khoa’s works were featured at the first Canada International Watercolour Biennual at the Ferry Building Gallery in Vancouver, Canada in July.

Visitors can view Khoa and three other artists’ paintings at 77-79 Lý Tự Trọng Street in District 1 until October 16. – VNS

A painting depicting a street corner of Sài Gòn by Bridget March from the UK. Photo courtesy of Bridget March Facebook
A painting Sài Gòn at Night by French watercolourist Jean Marc Potlet. Photo courtesy of Jean Marc Potlet Facebook

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