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Paintings featuring angles of life through tarot cards to go on show

Update: February, 27/2020 - 08:24


An exhibition titled Hành Trình Tarot của Dương (Dương’s Tarot Journey) will open in central Hà Nội next week. — Photo courtesy of the artist

HÀ NỘI — An exhibition featuring different angles of life through a deck of tarot cards will open in central Hà Nội early next week.

The exhibition titled Hành Trình Tarot của Dương (Dương’s Tarot Journey) will display 78 oil on canvas paintings by Bùi Hoàng Dương, a Mường ethnicity artist from the central province of Thanh Hóa, who has spent three years creating the works.

Artist Bùi Hoàng Dương.

Dương said he had experienced a “journey” through his life that he said was hard to describe but seemed like an attempt to explore new things using tarot cards.

“Each picture is a story of my own, a combination of my painting, my living space, my own colours of harmony and ideas. Tarot cards lead me on the tireless search for the philosophy of life, human life and everything in the operation of life too. In other words, an entire deck of tarot cards is my personal experience for nearly 40 years,” said Dương

The artist said he had experienced a tarot life of his own and painted it out as art.

“Each tarot card is a challenge to me and 78 paintings reflected in 78 tarot cards may answer all questions of life. It is something very invisible but it is also something I have to grasp,” said Dương.

“I have found my own card, what about you? What will you see in the card? Do you live a life that is a card or a deck of cards? Have you found yourself or not? Do you have the full answer for your life? Do you have the cards in your hand and use them well?"

Dương said he was sure viewers would find the values of ignorance, superstition and darkness will change to make room for a colourful experience, flashing and capering of life and art.

Dương paints dogs in different moods and in doing so, conveys his own emotions. — Photo courtesy of the artist

Dương, 39, has a special affection for dogs, particularly those he has raised and his love for man’s best friend is evident in his paintings.

Dương has travelled extensively throughout the country and abroad since 2000. He has created more than 300 paintings and most of his artworks are portraits of dogs, showing interactions between the canine animal and humans.  

He paints dogs in different moods and in doing so, conveys his own emotions.

Artist Nguyễn Xuân Hoàng said he was impressed by Dương’s works.

“His works to be exhibited next month have been created with inspiration from tarot cards that he regarded as the presentation of spiritual and causal experiences of a human being. They are not only paintings but a world you should take a journey through to enjoy all of the emotional angles of life,” said Hoàng.

The exhibition will open between March 3-7 in Art and Photograph Exhibition House on 29 Hàng Bài Street, Hà Nội. — VNS 

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