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British artist to open "Hanoi Thunder" exhibition
Jenna Duong 17:53, 2023/02/17
The renowned foreign artist has captured the charm of Hanoi, a place he has lived for 25 years, in his “Hanoi Thunder” art collection of zinc-etched prints.

Artist Simon Redington from the United Kingdom will present his metal etching artworks themed Hanoi at Work Room Four art space at Lane 67, To Ngoc Van Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi.

The poster of Hanoi Thunder- an exhibition of Simon Redington in Hanoi

The exhibition, entitled “Hanoi Thunder”, will take place from February 23 until the middle of March, offering a chance for audiences to discover the beauty of Hanoi from a different perspective.  

The “Hanoi Thunder” exhibition features Redington’s collection of Hanoi-centric frenetic landscapes, entangled and overlaid with landmark symbolism.

This titled body of work is displayed alongside prints from his earlier epic folio, “The Ten Kings of the Courts of Hell,” first shown in Hanoi in 2002 at Art Vietnam. These two series are supplemented by single standalone etchings from throughout his print career.

Etching has been part of the artist’s work since the mid-1980s. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (UK) in 1994.

Redington takes inspiration, as he says, “from the masterful etchings of Rembrandt, the visionary illuminations of William Blake, and the merciless insights of Goya.” Etching is process heavy and exacting - all marks - intentional or otherwise created in the image making become part of the final printed piece.

Born in London, Simon came to live in Hanoi 25 years ago. The city became his muse, and his work since has often focused on a dialogue with the city itself. Hanoi holds many stories, those of developing modernity and ancient heritage combined in a rapidly changing urban landscape.

The zinc-etched print titled "Man of the People" by Redington

The etchings in the exhibition in part portray his relationship with the city, which he viewed as a wonderland of contrast from his previous backdrop of London.

Redington now shares his time between his painting studio in Hanoi and his printmaking workshop in rural France.

The foreign artist has exhibited his works in many countries to introduce to the international public a poetic Hanoi and the beautiful country of Vietnam.

In the coming time, Redington will join his Vietnamese painter friends to carry out a series of exhibitions, introducing unique contemporary artworks to the UK, France, and the US public.

Redington holds a BA from Goldsmiths College, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy from Hertfordshire College of Art, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Printmaking from Central St. Martin’s College of Art, London.

His artworks are featured in a number of notable public collections in the UK and the USA. They can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of London, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University, Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New York Public Library.

TAG: Art scene of Hanoi; Hanoi Culture
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