Artist celebrates women’s beauty

Khanh aims to instill sense of respect, love.

HCM CITY — Can you imagine life without women? Visit Tu Do Gallery in downtown HCM City and you may think it’s impossible.

Nguyen Tuan Khanh, also known by his nickname Rung (Forest), wants city art lovers, particularly men, to love both life and women.

In his latest exhibition Thanksgiving for Women, Khanh shows nudes in seven paintings o­n canvas and mixed media to highlight his message that "women bring life and love to us".

"I want to encourage people, particularly youngsters, to have more love and respect for women, who hold up half of the sky," Khanh said.

"Love your mum. Love your sisters. Love your wife. Love your girlfriends. More and more," he added.

Khanh uses both light and flashy colours like banana-green, peach-orange, red, purple and green to evoke his ideas. It’s an unusual palette not often found in paintings featuring nudes by young artists, who often prefer black and white.

"But I chose the colours because they are true images of women, life and love in nature," said the 68-year-old, who now lives in the US.

Highlights include Me Thanh Xuan (Young Mother) and Me Nuoi Duong – Tuon Dong Sua Me (Nurturing Mother – Sweet Milk), which feature beautiful women and the sky, sun, sea and flowers.

In Me Thanh Xuan, the artist uses the colours pink and purple to feature a woman lying o­n the ground looking at the sky.

Painting the woman’s long hair with deep blue, he creates a stunning visual effect.

Khanh says he believes woman’s beauty is eternal.

Veteran artist Ho Tinh Tinh, member of the HCM City Fine Arts Association, said the exhibition showed viewers "a great party of colours and images. His paintings honour the beauty and spirit of women".

A graduate of the Hue College of Fine Arts, Khanh worked as a teacher in arts for the Quy Nhon Teachers College, infusing all of his passion into both teaching and creating.

Khanh’s travels have given him a new perspective o­n the world and people.

He has organised solo and group exhibits in Canada, Germany and the US.

The show at Tu Do Gallery, 53 Ho Tung Mau Street, District 1, runs until October 5, from 9am to 6pm every day.