Bridget March Exhibition

Bridget is well known for her sketches, watercolour paintings and colourful  acrylic scenes of Vietnam but, no matter how beautiful, they cannot express the 

complexity of emotions she feels and visual ingredients that make up a whole 

community. She achieves some of this in her four books about Vietnam and now,

Bridget has gone back to her abstract and colourist roots to say something new 

about this old port's history and culture. In each painting you may recognise 

some visual clues to the identity of this vibrant, multicultural town

This small collection of works is a visual feast and for lovers of Vietnam and 

heralds a new direction for this colourful artist. We hope you like it.

How can you paint how an entire town feels? It cannot be done one building, one street, one landscape at a time.  How to describe the magic of a lantern-lit night in the old town, the spirits that dwell in the old bridge, the colour of the market and the watery nature of the surrounding landscape all in one painting?


How to capture the cultures that have left their marks here; Japanese,  Polynesian, Indian, Cham, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, French, Chinese and Malay. They all gathered here to trade the  finest goods, rice,  spices, precious metals and gems. 

To achieve all of these things, Bridget has used abstract expressionism to create this series and communicate how she feels about this ancient settlement and the people who have.met and settled here.

Spirits of the bridge

Spirits of the bridge

50x45cm Acrylic on canvas When I look at the Japanese Bridge, I sense an aura filled with all the myths, ancenstors, legends, ghosts and souls who have been a part of this building for over 300 years. It is a magical place.

The swift gatherer's village  50x45cm

The swift gatherer's village 50x45cm

50x45cm Acrylic on canvas In the rice fields near my home is an old temple named after Mr. Tien. It is dedicated the farmers who keep swifts and gather their nests to make soup and medicinal tonics. At dusk, the air is filled with swooping and chattering birds as they chase small flies across the landscape.

Whale spirit

Whale spirit

68 x 24cm Watercolour The lines of the streets in old Hoi An neatly make the outline of a fish or whale. The whale is an important character in mythology and ancestor worship. It is said that the whale carries to shore the spirits of those lost at sea.

Tran Phu

Tran Phu

50 x 45m Acrylic on canvas Tran Phu may well be the oldest street in Hoi An. In the 17th century, this trading post was described as having one main street flanked with small merchant houses - some 3 leagues long and leading to a Japanese Bridge

The Japanese Tomb

The Japanese Tomb

45 x 50cm Acrylic on Canvas Between the town and the sea strand is a flat plain of rice fields that extends almost as far as the eye can see. Alone, in the rice fields is the grave of a Japanese man who came as a merchant to the town and fell in love with a local girl. He died in 1647. This grand old grave is proof that the Japanese were regular visitors to Hoi An in those days. I like to go and sit with him sometimes.

Spirit of the night

Spirit of the night

45 x 50cm Acrylic on canvas At night the old town comes alive. The river is thronged with little wooden boats offering trips up and down the river. You can buy floating candles to make a wish and send your thoughts and prayers gliding down the silken waters to the sea.

Namazu

Namazu

20 x 20cm Watercolour Japanese legend says that the giant monster catfish, Namazu, lies beneath the bridge. This giant fish has its tail in Japan and its head in India and is guarded by the god Kashima who controls the fish with a stone. If Kashima lets his guard down, the fish thrashes about and causes earthquakes in Japan.

Spirit of Enterprise

Spirit of Enterprise

45 x 50cm Acrylic on canvas These streets are crowded from the time the market opens at dawn until it closes late in the evening. There is barely time to sweep the streets before another day dawns and the throb of barter and trade commences again.

River spirit

River spirit

45 x 50cm Acrylic on canvas Hoi An is a very watery place. In Chinese philosophy, water represents wisdom, intelligence and flexibility. It also represents indecision.

Spirit of all time

Spirit of all time

110 x 130cm Acrylic on canvas More than 3000 years of history are expressed here in colour and texture, symbols and pattern. Hoi An is still the peaceful meeting place it always was. The spirit of this place comes from the land and the water, the mountains and the sea breezes. The people have the same DNA as the rice and the fish and all the different nations who have passed through or made it their home.

Flow

Flow

20 x 20cm watercolour Water, or the lack thereof closely replicates the flow of chi in our lives. The speed and volume of water can speed us up or slow us down. Water provides a well spring of spiritual and physical nourishment. The water makes Hoi An an unusually spiritual and calm place.

Earth pig

Earth pig

50x45cm Acrylic on canvas According to Chinese astrology, 2019 will be a great year to make money. The year will be full of joy, friendship and love no matter what your sign is. The Pig attracts success in all spheres of life. This painting is filled with the effervescence of celebration, enthusiasm and friendship.

Fish and rice

Fish and rice

45 x 50cm Acrylic on canvas In the morning markets, all over Vietnam, you can see these little baskets with three or four fish in each. Fish is often eaten at lunch time with rice, a bowl of clear soup, some morning glory leaves and a pot of green tea.

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