NGUYEN THANH BINH
B. Vietnam, 1954
Song of the Autumn Morning, 1994
Signed and dated “Binh 94” on lower right
Title, date, medium and dimensions inscribed on the reverse
Oil on canvas
60 x 80 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Acquired from Galerie La Vong, Hong Kong “Keeping Cool II” Group Exhibition in 1995
Captured in this piece is an elegant, slender, fair woman striking a pose. Binh is greatly influenced by the ancient Chinese paintings tradition and old Japanese woodcarvings where space is an integral part of the composition.
Binh’s work therefore has large areas of space, which bring depth and serenity to his subjects. His paintings also explore the simplicity of Japanese Haiku poems and the Chinese alphabet. By omitting, little by little, the unnecessary details, Binh captures the shimmering essence of colour, which gives a sense of movement and elegance to his works.
Born in 1954 in Hanoi, Binh studied at the Hanoi College of Fine Arts and then at the Gia Dinh National College of Fine Arts in Ho Chi Minh City. and subjects that he captures through his camera lens, reinterpreted and reproduced in painting form with added emotions. Some of the subjects of his works include wildlife and sceneries, with some done in sketches and some done in watercolour.