The solo exhibition “Floating Water Season” (Mùa nước nổi) by artist Ca Le Thang officially opened on December 9 at Art Space, Vietnam University of Fine Arts, 42 Yet Kieu, Hanoi.


The series of paintings “Floating Water Season” has been created by this talented artist for the past 10 years, starting with 3 oil paintings since 1987: “Dong Thap”, “Earth breathing I” and “Earth breathing II”.
Floating season in the Mekong Delta with immense sky and water blurring the boundaries, rhythmic lines of fishing nets, reeds, yellow ‘điên điển’ flowers, struggling boats , has become a source of creative inspiration for 10 years in Ca Le Thang’s enduring visual impression.
This series of paintings has approximately 50 works, many large paintings of several square meters showing that Ca Le Thang has found a favorite painting language so that he can maintain his creative flow without fear of repetition. The flood season nature in the Mekong Delta is both a source of artistic inspiration and themes that satisfy the artist’s technical methods and visual conceptions.


50 numbered paintings with the same name “Floating Water Season” next to dozens of works named after rural scenes such as “Thunderstorm”, “Smoke burning fields”, “Beside the canal”, “In the middle of the field”, … are all presented in a semi-abstract style according to art researcher Vu Huy Thong.
When looking at this series of paintings at the exhibition, artist Ly Truc Son said that the “Floating Water Season” does not describe the floating season as seen. It reflects the union between his mental realm and the immensity of his homeland. Reason and understanding have no stand in the way of artistic inspiration.


“Anyone who sees this series of his paintings is also excited and impressed. I don’t mean to deny his other paintings, but just want to emphasize that the flood-themed paintings are a great success. I also want to say that along with Nguyen Sang, Nguyen Hai and Nguyen Trung, Ca Le Thang is an excellent visual artist. They are very Southern and very Vietnamese,” said painter Ly Truc Son.


Talking about Ca Le Thang, painter Ly Truc Son said that when Ca Le Thang completed his graduation exam with lacquer materials, he placed himself in the ranks of excellent painters. “It is the result of a talent that, after many years of hard work, research and discovery, has reached a high level of shaping and technical virtuosity. Along with Dao Minh Tri, his 5 years of university are also 5 years of great contributions to changing artistic thinking, positively impacting the school’s training model, and starting to encourage the development trend of the university, develop the individual style of each student”.


Standing in front of the works of painter Ca Le Thang, sculptor Dao Chau Hai seemed to be able to hear, see and imagine the whisper of the waves, of the Creator, being told the story of a thousand year.
“Here, Ca Le Thang is the narrator in his own painting language. He recreates a visual image, he embodies that image and tells the adventure of a flow, a flow of material things, of life, of spiritual culture, of a painful history… A stream of immense sadness before pouring into the great sea. In that vague space, immense sky, I see Ca Le Thang being a lonely smudge on a thin boat, with an old southern melody far away at the horizon,” the sculptor expressed.


The exhibition “Floating water season” lasts until December 18.
Born in 1949 in Ben Tre, Ca Le Thang moved to Hanoi with his family in 1955. He attended the Vietnam College of Fine Arts from 1963 to 1970. Immediately after graduating, he was appointed as a lecturer at the Vietnam College of Fine Arts from 1971 to 1972. After that, also at Vietnam College of Fine Arts, he attended university from 1972 to 1976.
After the reunification, Ca Le Thang worked as a lecturer at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts from 1976 to 1988. In the period from 1988 to 2000 he was the Permanent Deputy General Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association. In 1974 in Hanoi, Ca Le Thang first participated in an art exhibition organized by the Hanoi Arts and Culture Association.
After returning to the South, he continuously participated in many large-scale art exhibitions at home and abroad, notably: Group exhibition of abstract paintings (1992); Group Exhibition of 10 people in HCMC (Nguyen Trung, Dao Minh Tri, Ca Le Thang, Nguyen Tan Cuong, Do Hoang Tuong, Tran Van Thao, Hua Thanh Binh, Nguyen Trung Tin, Vu Ha Nam, Nguyen Thanh Binh) continuously in the years 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995; and some group exhibitions in Singapore, Korea.

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