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27 Colorful Landscape Paintings

Landscape painting has always been a fascinating and absorbed subject that many artists want to exploit and bring to their art. The development of other forms of landscape – seascapes, cityscapes or townscapes- has produced innumerable styles and techniques.

For those who love the radiance and freshness of Vietnam and its landscapes, the work of Phan Thu Trang is definitely a welcome choice.Trang’s naïve, decorative works are unmistakably Vietnamese in character. Taking the landscape as her subject, Trang simplifies individual elements to their bare essentials. With a limited palette, the artist prefers the use of texture to define her subjects. Smooth areas of bright monotone paint together with the lush, painterly impasto used to define tree leaves.

Vibrant, bulky vault of trees dominate spindly trunks.There is an almost narrative established in her works, with a solo female cyclist eternally pedaling. The viewer does not know from whence she came, neither her destination. With conical hat, and downcast face she seems focused and determined; struggling, cycling against the odds. Like she is caught up in an eternal race against time, the cyclist ventures on through works representing varied daylight hours. Works in gradations of blue appear as pre dawn or early evening with their soft, cool tones. Works in green and white are akin to mid morning light, while works in shades of yellow, orange and red exude the searing heat of the mid-afternoon sun in Vietnam. Born in Hanoi, like many other artists, Trang’s mind was engraved with images of Hanoi and the Northern villages. That’s why her painting is always a vivid landscape of the villagers and their life.

In her painting, Trang doesn’t try to describe what she saw but what she felt. These are memories of the places where she lived or passed by.Every moment of life has been bringing the artist to the feelings that she likes to express in her works: women going to the market from early dawn, farmers hastening to cycle on the village roads, peaceful afternoons or hot summer days…

Author : Phan Thu Trang





























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