Lacquer artists hold group exhibition at Fine Arts University The Saigon Times Daily “Heaven I” by Nguyen Tuong Linh, one of the artworks on display at “Blue” – PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER HCMC – The Vietnamese Lacquer Artists Group is holding an exhibition titled “Blue” at the Vietnam University of Fine Arts from now until October 10. This is the fourth exhibition to mark the fifth anniversary of the establishment of the group. The exhibition displays more than 50 lacquer paintings by 25 artists who combine basic techniques of lacquer painting and traditional painting. It also focuses on a highly challenging requirement, which is that all artworks must be painted in blue. This color is hardly used for lacquer paintings because the traditional color tone is limited in vermilion (red pigment refined from minerals that have a mercury sulfide base), black and brown refined from sap of sumac, and some other materials such as silver leaves, gold leaves, eggshells, and seashells. Founded in 2013 and having held three exhibitions with hundreds of artworks displayed in Hanoi, this group of Vietnamese lacquer artists has become a professional, active one in Vietnam’s art scene. They have helped popularize traditional art values both domestically and internationally. Many members of the group have attended international exhibitions in Russia, South Korea, Japan, France, China, and some other countries.