In anticipation of the of our new adventure I’ve reposted this entry of our meeting Cung Khac Luoc. The chance encounter had a profound effect on me. His brush work compelled me to paint and since that meeting, painting has become a central focus of my art. Who knows what inspiration awaits us?
Ky Suu spring, Hanoi, 14th , Golden buffalo Tet holidays
1) Freedom: Two tender words ,
I buy all for my love spring Woman
I wander most beautiful places.
2) My intimate friend , thanks for your love.
In Feb 2008 Linda & I were on a journey through Indo China (celebrating Linda’s ascent into maturity). From Bangkok through Laos, Vietnam ending in Angkor Watt, Cambodia, a sculptors Mecca. While in Hanoi we came across the Maison Des Arts, MDA Gallery , a traditional and contemporary Vietnamese art gallery. We were drawn into the gallery by the expressive calligraphy of Cung Khac Luoc. I was smitten by his brush work. Mme Nguyen Nga, the gallery owner, seeing the look in my eye, informed us that Louc, coincidentally, was on his way to the gallery. We strolled though the 4 floor gallery to the roof deck over looking the grounds of The Temple of Literature. There, we met Luoc for coffee and negotiated the the purchase of two scrolls, appropriately titled “The Golden Buffalos Holiday”.
I gave Luoc a catalogue of my sculptures which he politely leafed through giving me his approval. When I showed him my graphite and charcoal drawings he became excited, telling me, with the help of hand motions and translation by Nguyen Nga, that I should be painting. He gave me a brush and mimed instructions on how to hold it, with special attention to the fluidity of the wrist. I was told that the brush is connected to the heart and that the immediacy of ink on paper is felt and can’t be thought. The years of sculpting felt like driving a Mack truck compared to zippiness of a sports car like brush as ink spreads across paper. Working with brush and ink has helped me keep balance over the last couple of stressful years. Painting daily I’ve painted thousands of images on scrolls, books, lampshades and in combination with sculpture. Scrolls, Books, Painting.
Cung Khac Luoc with lessons and brush followed by some of the paintings he inspired.