For her next exhibition, artist Bridget March is taking a completely new direction
Well-known for her watercolor and acrylic paintings of landscapes, architecture and artifacts of Vietnam and for her illustrated books on Sapa, Hoi An and Saigon, Bridget has taken an abstract approach to describing the Spirit of Hoi An in a series of new watercolor and acrylic paintings that are sparkling with color, symbolism, secrets and clues.
“It is no longer satisfying enough for me to create pictures of the way Vietnam looks; I want to describe how it feels and to say much more about its ancient and modern cultures through color, pattern and symbolism,” says Bridget. “The viewer will engage more deeply and will have a more emotional response to the spirit of this fascinating old trading port than with my earlier paintings of its buildings and landscapes.” Vietnam is such an inspiring environment for artists, writers and photographers. Images of the people, places, weather, moods, rituals and markets of this country have flooded social media, been published in magazines and books worldwide and are attracting sketchers and painters from all over the world to come and share the wonder of it all. After six years of travels in Vietnam, five solo exhibitions of her work and opening her own gallery in Hoi An, Bridget has now found a new way to express what she feels about the color, vitality and culture of this ancient town.
Spirit of the night – Bridget March 2019 – acrylic on canvas 39x50cm
Three fish – Bridget March 2019 – acrylic on canvas 39 x 50cm
Flow – Bridget March – watercolour 20x20cm
Namazu – Bridget March – 20x20cm watercolour
The Spirit of Hoi An exhibition will be on view at Anantara art space (1 Pham Hong Thai, Hoi An) from March 9- April 9, 2019.