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Speaker: Vũ Đỗ
Date: 19 February 2020
Time: 7 – 9 PM
Language: Vietnamese only

The Factory is proud to co-host ‘A story of Pigments’ – an art talk with Vũ Đỗ, founder of The Painter’s Studio (Hanoi).

Son Trai (orange red), Son Tươi (middle red), Son Thắm (purple red), Son nhì (dull red) are the names of the red pigments made from the mineral rock Cinnabar in Vietnam. Since the fifth century, a synthetic version of this pigment – Vermillion –  has been made by fusing molten sulphur with pure mercury. This red pigment still remains a dominant hue in Vietnamese lacquer palette. Since antiquity, alchemists, artists and scientists have been looking for the most permanent and brilliant pigments. The invention of many modern synthetic pigments in the nineteenth century changed the way artists work dramatically. In this art talk, Vũ Đỗ will share a story of making and using pigments in Fine Art. 

This event is part of The Painter’s Studio’s ‘Going South’ program.

Table of contents:

Part 1: A brief history of pigments and comparison between traditional pigments and modern pigments.

Part 2: A demonstration of traditional pigments and modern pigments. Application and manufacture process of various pigments used in painting.

  • Ultramarine Blue from the precious stone Lapis Lazuli & the synthetic version French Ultramarine Blue.
  • The red pigments from Cinnabar rock & the synthetic version Vermilion.
  • Mixtures of pigments with different drying oils such as walnut oil, poppy oil, linseed oil.
  • Pigments in watercolor medium.
  • A brief introduction of various popular solvents and mediums.

Participating Fee
➖Adult: 100,000VND (online); 130,000VND (at door)
➖Student or Inner Circle member: 40,000VND (with your student ID or member card)

*Participants of the event allow The Factory and co-organizer (if applicable) to use their images and statements as a documentary for the program, for non-commercial purposes such as archive, press, media, promotion on our website, Facebook etc.