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The exhibition, entitled ‘Sea of Love’, by artist Pham Luc, opens on Sat 14 Oct 2016 at the Sunrise Hotel Nha Trang, These paintings are marked by artistic virtuoso mastery and he has often been referred to as the Picasso of Vietnam.

Seventy-four paintings made of oil on canvas, silk and lacquer will be on display at the show in Nha Trang for the first time. He fell in love with Nha Trang and is eager to come back to the city to share his creations with art lovers. ” “We are delighted to welcome Pham Luc to Nha Trang to display his amazing works, and think that it will be a fantastic event for tourists, expats and locals alike”, said Colm Hutchinson of Discover Nha Trang. “The city has a small but growing art community, and we want to help promote the art scene in the region”, he added.

This art exhibition will cover various painting genres including  classical European styles of townscape, landscape, seascape, still life, figurative composition, intimate nudes and self-portraits. The works are done in a variety of classical painting media: oil on canvas, oil on paper, and the artist’s trademark — oil on rice sacks; gouache and watercolor, as well as in the traditional Vietnamese lacquer technique. Exhibiting both French and Vietnamese influences in his work, Pham Luc is a bridge linking the 20th and 21st centuries. To appreciate this accomplished, yet humble master is to understand a part of Vietnamese culture, history, heritage, progress and life.

I travel a lot and have been inspired by people, landscapes, living circumstances and the fate of humans, and I paint to share these emotions with others. Nha Trang is a beautiful and lovely beach destination with sun, sand, sea, sails, sight-seeing, smile, sea of love, people, landscapes, colonial town, I have fallen in love with Nha Trang, the love of the sea, human beings, and the love of people with nature, islands, beaches. I do hope  people enjoy seeing my paintings” , said Pham Luc.

Luc never limits himself in a particular style either. From his studies of the French school of European Art, Chinese watercolors in Asian art, and four of the most famous and successful Vietnamese painters since 1945 – Nghiem, Lien, Sang and Phai. Each of them  graduated from L’Ecole des Beaux Arts de l’Indochine but diverged on totally different artistic paths – Nghiem’s conventional style, Lien’s softness and femininity, Sang’s strength, and Phai’s realism. Luc’s art reflects the connection of East meets West. He also challenges himself in different styles – oil paintings, lacquer, silk paintings, and wood engraving, in abstract, portrait, realism, impressionism, and watercolors.

The show runs from 14 to Oct 22 at Sunrise Hotel Nha Trang, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.