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instant art connection

Posted by Anna Belleforte on June 13, 2019 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Kunst in het Volkspark in Enschede is a lovely art market. The people are friendly and enthusiastic, it's busy with people and activities, and it was a gorgeous day! One artwork went to a woman who fell in love with it instantly, for the colours, historic feel and subject matter. Sometimes you see it and you just know. 

open air market in Enschede

Posted by Anna Belleforte on June 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I will be exhibiting on Sunday, 9 June, at 'Kunst in het Volkspark' in Enschede. Works on display include the Irrealities, Neither Here Nor There, Myth-building and Architactile series - many discounted! Come and see me between 11 and 5.

art society membership

Posted by Anna Belleforte on March 25, 2019 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I am excited to announce that I’ve been accepted into the prestigious De Ploegh Society of Artists, established in 1934. New member artists will be exhibiting in the summer. Details to come.

I’ve also been asked to submit for Diepenheim’s Kunstmoment again for the their anniversary exhibition, after reviewing all the artists they’ve hosted over the past 15 years.

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final thoughts in Vietnam

Posted by Anna Belleforte on February 14, 2019 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

This trip was an opportunity to observe a country in development towards urbanism and a culture rich in symbolism and artistic expression. And one that celebrates this. I saw turtles (symbolic of longevity) everywhere in sculpture form, often as feet to support important things. In Hue I witnessed amazing technical skill in ‘painting’ with silk threads. In an exhibition in HCMC the sale of an artwork is celebrated with a big red bow (instead of a tiny red dot) – how lovely i...

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pious places

Posted by Anna Belleforte on February 12, 2019 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The one place to find peace and calm in the cities is in the religious structures dotted throughout the country. The temples, pagodas, churches, Buddha shrines and Imperial tombs all have clear and symbolic shapes. I think it’s also a deliberate feature of the Vietnamese places of worship to have very high steps up: by having to make an effort to reach them, you are showing respect. What I’ve been most impressed with is the decoration. The temples and, south of Hue, the tombs of ...

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no mud, no lotus

Posted by Anna Belleforte on February 10, 2019 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The lotus plays a big part in urban decorative features in all the places I’ve visited in Vietnam – in particular as light sculptures. HCMC has a whole variety of lotus lanterns, Can Tho has the pedestrian bridge with a huge lotus defined in pink neon, serving as kind of pavilion on the bridge, and Hue has simple yellow lotus shapes on a (beer-sponsored) arch over the main street (Le Loi). It’s interesting to me that ornamental lights, most often linear in nature, seem impor...

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Hue Vietnam, Imperial city

Posted by Anna Belleforte on February 8, 2019 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Hue has a nice balance. The imperial city, on the Perfume River – so named because of the smell of sweet grasses from upriver – has a citadel/city on one bank and an urbanized core on the other. Buildings on the citadel side are regulated to not exceed the heights of the citadel walls (originally by a French building ordinance, I believe), while modern high-rises are permitted on the other side. What typifies both sides is a kind of civilized feel and spacious planning I’ve ...

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Vietnamese contemporary art and TVs

Posted by Anna Belleforte on February 6, 2019 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I’m happy to see that there are active studios and art training going on. Much of the art for sale is strongly based on a realistic portrayal of the Vietnamese environment: boat and sea scenes, jumbled towns, agrarian fields, local plants and flowers, culturally inspired portraits… And many have real painterly quality: lots of texture, expressive brushstrokes and palette-knife use, bold colour choices, calligraphic marks, etc. What I’m seeing is only the commercial end of t...

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cable car views of island living

Posted by Anna Belleforte on February 5, 2019 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

One minute I think I’m converted to art that represents natural architecture (or at least a new series), and then I view my photographs taken from the cable car and I’m back to aerial views! The rooftops, the floating boats, the angles and shapes, the light and shade, the colours… While I have a sense of discomfort about the opportunity this newly completed cable car ride has provided for ‘picturesque poverty’, as an artist I can’t help but focus on the app...

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resort to resort, local becomes generic

Posted by Anna Belleforte on February 4, 2019 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

PhuQuoc is ringed by white sandy beaches and endowed with lush green hills – features that make it an obvious vacation destination. Only 10 years ago it was still predominantly a fishing island, but property developers have moved in and built resorts next to resorts. Not necessarily a bad thing (it does provide employment and economic growth), though there’s the danger of overdevelopment. For a basically Communist country, there’s a lot of unbridled capitalism, from street v...

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