Monday, 6 December, 2010.
HA NOI — The Young Talent Prize was
awarded to artist Pham Tuan Tu yesterday in Ha Noi.
Tu will receive a grant of US$1,000
in cash and $2,700 for his solo exhibition where he will present his new
They include four paintings titled
Bud, In Front of the Mirror, Gay and Uni-sex which are all acrylic on canvas.
He uses a reduced colour palette.
With his greys, browns and dim-yellows he creates an almost medieval ornamental
background for his highly emotional and intimate plots, according to Natasha
Kraevskaia, a member of the judging panel.
The sexually ambiguous characters in
Tu's painting are perplexing. Based on the titles of the paintings, they are
identified as gay or lesbian, but they are really depicted as transgender
characters in his paintings.
"The viewer can see the same
face, but we cannot say that it's a recurring image. Each piece expresses
different feelings: from relaxation and dreams to fears and phobias," said
Born in 1981, Tu is a graduate from
Ha Noi College of Industrial Fine Arts. He is a member of the Club for Young
Artists of Viet Nam Fine Arts Association and has participated in a number of
exhibitions in Ha Noi over the past two years.
He was chosen from eight artists
based on aesthetics, relevance, context and originality.
The eight finalists have been
exhibiting their paintings at the Fine Arts College where their work has been
on display to the public.
The competition website also
functioned as a forum for comments and discussions about the various works.
Many remarks were submitted and these discussions will help inspire up and
The Danish Cultural Development and
Exchange Fund will award a prize of VND2 million for the best comment by the
end of this week.
This year's competition drew the
attention of artists from Ha Noi, HCM City, Hue and various other localities
across Viet Nam.
More than 700 images were submitted
by 165 applicants. — VNS