Oil on Canvas, 100 x 100 cm
About the artwork
The National flower of Vietnam, Lotus is known as an exquisite flower, which symbolizes beauty, majesty, grace, fertility, wealth, richness, knowledge and serenity. Appearing in many legends, the lotus is looked upon as a symbol of divine beauty. In the Asian religions and cultures, especially, in Buddhism and Hinduism, lotus flower is the embodiment of perfection. The magnificent lotus flowers emerge from the dirty and murky bottom of a pond, and yet remain untouched by all the dirt and mud of the environment, in which it grows. This unique quality of the flower is believed to represent the pure spirit. By placing his monk on a platform of lotuses, Phuoc represents the purity of spirit embodied by the monk himself, and his pursuit of emergence from the earthly realm into the spiritual, accentuated further by his meditative use of swathed orange and expansive space.
About the artist
Minh Phouc was born in Hanoi in 1973 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the Vietnam University of Fine Arts in 1997. In 1999, his works were exhibited in China and he won the Philip Morris Encouragement Prize at the Asian Art Awards. The following year, he held his first solo exhibition, Magic Garden, in Hanoi and subsequently participated in many other group exhibitions in Hanoi and USA. Minh Phouc is a member of the Hanoi Fine Arts Association and currently lectures at the Vietnam National College of Music and Art. Adopting an Eastern approach to all his works, Phouc strives to attain a balance in the various aspects of his life. He strives to achieve peace of mind despite the restless human soul, amidst the bustle of contemporary urban life. Phuoc's signature monk pieces have earned him a following in both his native homeland and amongst international audiences.