City gallery displays artist's rural childhood

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  "˜Sprit Boat' - one of Do Tuan Anh's oil paintings on display at Craig Thomas Gallery. Photo courtesy of Craig Thomas Gallery

A new solo exhibition by Vietnamese painter Do Tuan Anh in Ho Chi Minh City is a journey from his rural childhood to his life in Hanoi as an artist and family man.

 "Faraway," Anh's latest series of oil paintings which opened on Thursday at the Craig Thomas Gallery, depicts his rural village as "the spiritual foundation which forms the basis of my soul," the gallery website quoted the artist as saying.

"It depicts a man now living and working in his adopted home of Hanoi with memories of the countryside of the nearby Thanh Hoa Province where he was born and raised."

Anh said the collection was inspired by a taxi ride he took with a homesick Bangladeshi-born driver in Germany in 2010.

The taxi was decorated with images and souvenirs from the driver's home country, making Anh feel nostalgic for his childhood village.

"Faraway" aims to "turn people's attention to one's memories, spiritual foundations and roots," according to Anh. It brings the artist himself "peace from the hectic pace of modern life," he said on the website.

The collection will be on display daily, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., until September 29.

The Craig Thomas Gallery 27i Tran Nhat Duat Street, District 1 was opened in 2009 to support young and mid-career artists in Vietnam.

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