RED AND YELLOW TONES IN DUONG HUY’S LANDSCAPES
Born in 1951 in Hanoi, Duong Huy studied architecture for five years and post-graduation lived and worked in Ho Chi Minh. He currently resides in Hanoi. Duong Huy is known as a notable landscape painter who thrives on his art. His landscapes are characterised by their vivid use of tones and colours and drawing shapes and figures by playing with light. His unique treatment of light conveys different shapes of feelings in concrete situations of time and space.
The artistic image of Duong Huy’s paintings is flowering plants with a whole hierarchy of tones and colours. A large flowering plant generally occupies the central part of the composition but no flowers or flower stems are visibly depicted. It is interesting to note that here are no such large flowering plants or trees with brilliant tones and colours likewise in nature. By association of ideas, I recall master painter Picasso’s words: “I paint jointly with Nature and not after it”. It means that both Nature and the artist’s very nature will gradually go into the picture. The flowering plant that seems to have been illogically drawn turns out to be logical when judged after Duong Huy’s thoughts and feelings.
Here I merely deal with the painter’s orientation and artistic views together with his approach of Nature and treatment of the landscape painting technique. As for the artistic value of Duong Huy’s pictures, I would like to reserve it for time and the public’s assessment. The genuine beauty of an artwork always lies ahead. Each artist is thus required to discover his own self and own way of painting; only by trying hard might he hope to carve out a place in the nation and the times’ artistic life. Now I beg to introduce Duong Huy’s works to the public.