Hà Mạnh Thắng

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Midnight #9

2018

Acrylic, acrylic medium, charcoal, gold leaf and oil on canvas

290 x 150 cm

‘Midnight #9’ is a part of Ha Mang Thang’s solo exhibition ‘Landscape | Mindscape’ in 2019 at Galerie Quynh.

The large and expressive mixed media painting is inspired by Ha’s on-going fascination with Vietnamese antiques. Thus, it carries in itself both a contemporary sensibility and engagement with Vietnamese culture. The remains of beautiful ruins imply the changes in season, depict a particular motif and engender a sense of melancholia and awe in the spectator.

From the external landscape, the painting fades into Ha’s internal mindscape in which we feel the bittersweet beauty amid decay.