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i:cat Gallery Hosts Exciting New Art Exhibition

The ongoing exhibition ‘Bylines’, staged by the i:cat gallery in Vientiane, features intriguing drawings and paintings by four artists and depicts the lifestyles of Lao people.The intricate pieces have been created by Ms Ji Hyun Lim, Ms Jenny Thorncraft, Ms Elizabeth (Lizz) Card, and Lao artist Mr Khomsavath Aphayavong.

The exhibition opened on Tuesday and runs until May 17.

Ms Ji Hyun Lim, an artist originally from the Republic of Korea, has lived in Vientiane for two years with her family. She has supplied 25 artworks for the exhibition.

The four artists at the opening of the exhibition on Tuesday.

“Everything that goes past my eyes can make a subject for my painting, such as the Buddhist activity at Vat Simeuang, because I love to go to the temple when I am feeling sad,” she said.

She also gets inspiration from her own daily life, such as objects in the house or in a coffee shop, the scenery outside, flowers, and traditional Lao ceremonies like Tak Baat. Her drawings were created in 2014-2015 by pencil on canvas made in Italy. This is her fourth exhibition at the i:cat gallery .

Mr Khomsavath Aphayavong, an artist from Culture House Ban Naxay, Vientiane, supplied 14 paintings of ethnic women doing traditional dances from times gone by, using original pictures from a French pocket book as his models. Other subjects include an elephant, a small girl and boy giving some grass to their buffaloes, and a traditional house.

Ms Elizabeth (Lizz) Card is a young artist who is showing her watercolours. All her works were painted in Laos since she came here 10 months ago. She has been a volunteer at Mahosot Hospital in the Infectious Diseases Centre and on the wards with the Women’s International Group.

“I was struck by the culture and the fact that longstanding traditions are so alive in everyday life,” she said.

The exhibition is open on weekdays from 2.30-7pm, and on weekends from 1-6pm.

Source: Vientiane Times