Le Ba Dang. An extraordinary Vietnamese Artist.
I have struggled over the last few years, to arrive at a satisfactory solution to bridge the gap between eastern and western artistic statements. I first became aware of Le Ba Dang a couple of years ago while visiting Hue. Although he spent a considerable number of years in France, Le Ba Dang has never lost that poetic quality that under lies much Oriental art practice. He is one of those unique individuals who has been able to express the different and unique vision of vastly different cultures. He seems to be able to produce images that are understood by both eastern and western viewers alike.
His museum is housed in a French Colonial villa on the banks of the Perfume River in Hue, and is home to his personal collection .The villa is worth visiting in its own right. In 1992 Le ba Dang donated his work to the Vietnamese people. In 1992 the Cambridge University ranked him as one of the more important artist current alive, in fact they thought so highly of him that he was named the most famous living artist in the world at that time.
Personally I love his ability to move between abstraction and a realised antiquity visualized in modern terms. His work traverses a wide range of materials. Oil, acrylic, sculpture, relief or embossed paper, that he further develops with painting. Some sculptures are made out of the scraps of American B52 shot down during the war. I have not been able to give the viewer a full visual review of all this work, but the few examples here , hopefully will wet some appetites.
Graphic on embossed paper
Graphic No 2
Sculpture "To be or not to be"
To be or not to be series.
Brush drawing Nude.