Richard Koh Fine Art Singapore
Aug 12 - Sep 02, 2023
The Last Afternoon of Spring Is Over #3, 2023, Acrylic, acrylic medium, charcoal, lacquer, gold leaves and oil on canvas and silk, 135.5 x 75.5 cm
All images by courtesy of Richard Koh Fine Art (RKFA)
Drawing inspiration from the rich history of East Asian landscape art, “Ethereal Places” presents a collection of Ha Manh Thang’s works that explore the theme of landscape over the past five years. Deeply rooted in the traditions of East Asian art, landscape has always held a significant place in daily life, serving as a means to express the perspectives and inner thoughts of our predecessors.
The Last Afternoon of Autumn Is Over #1, 2021, Acrylic, acrylic medium, charcoal, lacquer, gold leaves and oil on canvas and silk, 135.5 x 75.5 cm
The Last Afternoon of Spring Is Over #2, 2023, Acrylic, acrylic medium, charcoal, lacquer, gold leaves and oil on canvas and silk, 135.5 x 75.5 cm
“Ethereal Places” invites viewers to embark on a journey through Ha Manh Thang’s artistic exploration of landscapes, where history, time, and memories converge. Through his art, the artist aims to connect with viewers, enabling them to reflect upon themselves and their place within the vastness of the universe.
'Portrait of HA MANH THANG. Photo courtesy of the artist
Ha Manh Thang (b.1980, Thái Nguyên, Vietnam) is known for his bold and colourful painterly canvases that juxtapose Vietnam’spast and its rich heritage with fashionable images of consumerist culture.
Bridging modernity and tradition, Thang’s satirical paintings examine Vietnam’s culture and social history within the context ofthe dramatic changes the country has undergone since Doi Moi.
Thang is one of Vietnam’s most important young painters. He was also the only artist from Vietnam profiled in the Phaidon publication ‘Painting Today’ (2009) alongside acclaimed artists such as Gerhard Richter, Neo Rauch and Peter Doig. Having graduated from the Hanoi Fine Arts University in 2004, Thang has since held a number of notable regional and international exhibitions including Instruments of Meditation: Works of Art from the Zoltán Bodnár Collection, Reök Palace, Budapest, Hungary (2011); Connect: Kunstzene Vietnam, if a Galleries, Berlin and Stuttgart, Germany (2009); The Rain and The Small Stream presented by Ernst & Young’s ASEAN Art Outreach program, Singapore (2008); and Post Doi Moi: Vietnamese Art After 1990, Singapore Art Museum (2008).
Ha Manh Thang currently lives and works in Hanoi.