September 9 – 15, 2013
Born and raised in Hanoi, Thuy Bui Howarth has found her own way to express herself through lacquer, a very special and precious material from Vietnam, to create unique paintings. Maybe still considered as a newcomer in Europe, in fact, Vietnamese lacquer painting has been in existence for over 80 years. Previously, for thousands of years, lacquer was used for the decoration of objects.
Thuy’s paintings are very much influenced by music and nature. You can see the orchestra of life created by a fun-and-stun process of using breathtaking and original techniques and materials. These include eggshell, mother-of-pearl, silver and gold leaves. These materials are hand rubbed with sandpaper until the colours and textures burst out of the surface, layer by layer.