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Nguyen Minh Son – The impression on Romantic Landscape paintings

Making impression by the way to use colors strongly, the painter’s intention is clear to depict the simpleness and purity of the landscape as it ever is. Further more, the bright part of colors were styled, distributed in the paintings which make brushes, roofs, and flowers more shiny and beautiful. This gives the feeling that the viewers are wondering in the scene.

Nguyen Minh Son’s paintings had only two or three colors, a contrast of strong pure colors while maintaining the anonym and precision for deep sensitive viewer.

In Nguyen Minh Son’s daily inner world, the culture of Vietnam, the soul of Vietnam is the endless inspiration for paintings. So Son had such the paintings that only had clouds, sky, sea, flowers but together they dissolve which brings the feeling of Hanoi where he lives and all the countryside where he has gone with close and precise feelings.

With impression colors’ effect of red, orange, yellow and green…and strong emotion stroke, Nguyen Minh Son managed to express his typical views. Both of the landscape and the illusion we can see in his paintings which are the steps to taste and discover the beauty.”

“Painting mountains, it brings the sail;
Painting water, it brings the activity;
Painting trees, it brings the life;
Painting people, it brings to express the most one’s self”

Vuong Duy

To tell the truth, I can’t imagine how much the emotional desire is exposed, implied to Nguyen Minh Son’s paintings. Nguyen Minh Son was born and grew up in the North, his dreams aroused from the scratch and the colors of the famous Dong Ho – the folk paintings – combined with the knowledge of the modern painting he got from the studying at Hanoi Fine Arts University (Nguyen Minh Son graduated in 2000). He early managed to create his own way (not yet a style) in his art career. Staying away from the city of Thang Long – Hanoi, the center of the most modern painting schools, Nguyen Minh Son quietly come back to find out and depict the quiet beauty in the countryside. With his instinct ion on painting of art, so naive and simple, he brought to the viewers the feeling of pure and identity. Under his brush is the blue sky, green trees, red leaves seasonal, simple houses and small boats, all in legendary colors. So real and so virtual! Nguyen Minh Son has preferred pure and strong colors such as: red, yellow, orange, blue when combined these colors created romantic and charming effects. Nguyen Minh Son’s paintings implied a vivid life even though there were not imagine of people. This vitality was affected by the strokes which seemed to be either careless or considerate in the lay-out which appears to be quick natural, but in fact, close to details. This is a strong point of Nguyen Minh Son and choke point of his inner feelings. The viewers easily recognize him by his repeated style of paintings, the scene of which there were only clouds, sky, houses, trees, sand-beaches, sea… with cold or hot colors. These were to imply the vague sadness. One of the ways to reach the depth of art is to paint a landscape picture to reveal feeling. Said to Dong Pha: “To paint is not only just to draw what you see, but also understand cast-off of shapes and bring them successfully to the pictures.” Truong Ngan Vien starts to paint a landscape picture; he aimed to “feel the variant changes of soul”. And Thach Dao managed to reach: “the big rule of the soul changes to ensure the world continuity”. Also Nguyen Minh Son’s landscape paintings sent to find the East art spirit, like the outstanding ancient Chinese painters. He pained his first success from the local, national exhibitions, as well as home and abroad exhibitions… These are always and ever the dream of any painters and sculptors (in any generation and time).

Nguyen Minh Son has affirmed his own style, has got the fruit of his creation by his paintings… Is it a positive encouragement or a big challenge to Nguyen Minh Son”?

“Silent of life gives us the peace in our souls among this crowded and exciting life. We can find that silence in Nguyen Minh Son’s paintings. The artist was born in Bac Ninh, the well-off land which generates many cultural values of mater and spirit. The love of people here is as fervid as the land is, and artist Nguyen Minh Son shows his passion in his every landscape paintings.

There’s many artist have been choosing this subject to express on canvas, but the deep passion Nguyen Minh Son feels for homeland makes his own stamp. People always find out a peaceful immense atmosphere in his paintings, the calm specific to rural life, or is it the quiet in the artist’s spirit when remember his homeland? A bit agitation in leaf canary and on water surface can’t break the silent scene.

With the most favorite theme based on reality, but liberal style, each Nguyen Minh Son’s painting has it own beauty. Every strong brush-stroke’s inspired by deep sentiment, makes different effect on canvas. Construction of group of cottages beside a pond, or huge tree let people feel vibrant as they’re gazing at a simply beautiful large space.

Graduated from Hanoi Fine Arts University in 2000, Nguyen Minh Son has joined many exhibitions since first years. Those are chances for Nguyen Minh Son test himself and discover his own way to compose among other young artists today. Cottages, boats, plants and trees, the sky, expanse of flowers… are countryside in the artist’s mind. Nguyen Minh Son’s palette is pure, not like in reality; all he expresses is a fervid emotion in a splendid palette. Emotions in Nguyen Minh Son’s paintings are always nostalgia, though it’s scene of territorial waters. Guom Lake, or a region he has passed.

It’s 6 years since his graduation, now living and working in Hanoi, recently he’s found his way of pastoral painting. He wants his compositions have their intimate meaning to people, take them back to memorial regions. These pastoral landscapes are getting lost day by day, so Nguyen Minh Son loves to keep them, even on canvas. Watching his artworks, it’s easy to see something familiar, reminds us a memory deep in mind. Now, pastoral paintings are the subject pursues Nguyen Minh Son. He paints by all his art instinct, as though everything are in his mind, and that his inspiration comes so easily. Specific in Nguyen Minh Son’s paintings takes shape from those deep internal feelings. He’s been working so hard to let more and more people find themselves in his paintings.”

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