Oil on canvas Ultra-Marine 1947 sized at 162cm by 130.3cm by Kim Tschoon-Su
The 12 exhibitors are made up of both established and emerging artists, selected by the exhibition's curators Chung Joon-Mo and Trinh Tuan.
“The exhibition organisers want to give the public a view of the approach, features and differences in the monochrome-style works of Vietnamese and Korean artists,” said Tuan.
“Monochrome style is a strength of Korean painting. This is proved by many exhibitions with the participation of many famous artists held in Korea."
The seven RoK artists are Kim Tschoon-Su, Khang Young-Soon, Kim Keun-Tai, Kim Taek-Sang, Lee Jin-Woo, Lee Jin-Young, and Yoon Sang-Yuel.
Their paintings are not monochrome only but made in a minimalist style with one colour or two colours.
A series in blue by Kim Tschoon-su is eye-caching, with the three oil-on canvas paintings entitled Ultra-Marine 1947, Ultra-Marine 1948 and Ultra-Marine 1949.
He painted them using his hands and not a brush.
“Participating in the exhibition gave me a chance to introduce about modern fine arts of Korean artists,” said Kim. “In the past, Korean fine arts were impacted by western fine arts. It makes me to think about Korean typical characteristics.”
“The exhibition enables me to view paintings by Vietnamese colleagues. Though, I see the similarities and differences between the two countries.”
Kim studied in the RoK and received his MA in the US. He is currently a professor of Fine Arts at Seoul National University.
Since 1990, Kim has been painting exclusively in blue. He purposely exposes small areas of the white background, creating a dialogue between the surface and the artistic process.
Lee Jin-Young is displaying a set of three painting entitled Cloud, Flower and Dream.
Lee used analog printing to create the works from photo layers. The cloud and flower photos were taken by her.
“Monochrome painting shows the feelings of Korean people,” said curator Chung.
“Colour is not the most important element. Korean artists tend to choose light colours because they want to avoid the colour becoming the centre of the whole work.”
Trinh Minh Tien is the youngest among Vietnamese artists at the age of 36. His paintings at the exhibition include paint-on metal Cathedral in The Rain and Old Monastery and acrylic Inside.
Inside was made this year, inspired by the 1,000-hand Bodhisattva Kwan Yin statue.
“It’s great to show paintings with many other veteran artists of the RoK and Vietnam,” Tien said. “I’m proud to represent Vietnamese artists at this exhibition.”
Tien won awards the second prize at the Young Eye contest held by Vietnam Fine Arts Association in 2005 and French embassy and the excellent artist at a Work Room Four event in 2003.
The exhibition is held by the Korean Cultural Centre with support from the Korea Culture and Information Service, the RoK Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the RoK Embassy in Vietnam.
The exhibition runs until December 14 at 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc street.