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Phung Pham - Lacquer Master

Phung Pham - Lacquer Master

In the heart of Hanoi’s old French quarter, not far from the gracious old colonial French hospital and university buildings, a narrow three-storey house rises in the middle of a typical street market. Beside the front gate squat ladies selling fruit and vegetables, while the aroma of ginger wafts across from the nearby open-air food stalls.

 
The Stars Group of Artists

The Stars Group of Artists

In 1979 a group of Chinese artists in Beijing made a courageous stand for freedom of artistic expression after the repression of the Cultural Revolution. Bo Yun, whose abstract landscapes can be viewed in our Paintings section, was one of them.

 
In conversation with Bo Yun

In conversation with Bo Yun

"I'm happy when it rains," says the artist Bo Yun, as a spring shower falls steadily on the fresh young lotus shoots and willow trees bordering the West Lake in Hangzhou.

 
Landscapes of the Mind

Landscapes of the Mind

“I have liked lacquer painting since high school, and I love the effects I can achieve,” says the artist Liu Zhen. “For me, lacquer is shiny, rich and beautiful. With lacquer I can match a traditional artistic skill with contemporary aesthetics.”

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