Meet Artist Dang Thu Huong
A journey to remember
Born into an artistic family, Dang Thu Huong grew up among a generation of artists trained both at home and abroad. Huong expresses her creativity through a broad spectrum of mediums, ranging from drawing materials to lacquer to oil painting and painting on special traditional paper called dó. She is the only artist to use authentic natural lacquer color extracted from a lacquer tree planted in Phu Tho in Vietnam’s north.
Journeys to the East founder, Ms. Loan is proud to call Huong a long-time friend.
“I met Huong through her sister who taught piano to my sons and 15 years later to my daughters,” Ms Loan reminisces. “Right from the beginning Huong opened her world of post-war paintings to me.”
Ms. Loan is forever thankful that Huong, upon learning Ms. Loan’s father studied with famous artists from the Ecole Superieure des Beaux Art d' Indochine, in a quiet district of Hanoi with a giant lacquer painting depicting the founder of the school and his students around him, took him back there. Ms. Loan’s father could not refrain his tears visiting his alma mater.
The Hanoi Museum of Fine Arts is now eager to organize a posthumous tribute to Ms Loan’s father. “My father left the family all his work stored in Paris and of all of his classmates, he is the only one from that period who did not hold a solo exhibition in Vietnam,” Ms Loan says. “So this is a work in progress to bring his work home so he can find his place in the Pantheon of great artists of the Ecole Superieure d’Indochine.”
Ms Loan commissioned Huong to create a large lacquer screen now taking pride of place at her luxurious Allamanda Nour villa in Mui Ne. It took Huong three years to complete the masterpiece. Huong also developed a striking six-panel landscape of Hà Long Bay, inspired by artist Nguyen Gia Tri, that adorns the villa’s drawing room.