Phan Hai Bang


My name is PHAN HAI BANG, i'm a Artist, Lecturer of College of Arts, Hue University, Vietnam.
Here I want to show some of my artworks on paper that i've research and created!
My project is Vietnam TRÚC CHỈ art. It was running in Hue, central of Vietnam since 2012, when we got the name Trúc Chỉ.

About TRÚC CHỈ ART and trucchiraphy

1. What is the concept of Trúc Chỉ art?

If Washi is a word for Japanese handmade paper, Hanji is the word for handmade Korean paper (not just one kind of material), Trúc chỉ  is a name for a new type of Vietnamese paper- art, art of paper and pulp; named by Writer and Translator BỬU Ý in April 2012. With the symbolic meaning of bamboo / bamboo is a symbol of Vietnamese culture and spirit (also one of the materials used in conjunction with: straw, bamboo, sugarcane, banana, strawberry, pineapple, leaf, grass ...), researched and created by artist Phan Hai Bang,  Lecture of College of Arts, Hue University and his colleagues.

Trúc Chỉ Art comes from the concept: give to the "paper" a new possibility: escape out of the role of a foundation or background for other creative tasks, then become an artwork itself.

This is the core spirit of Vietnamese Trúc chỉ Art

Accordingly, there will be improvisations, advances in raw materials, processes, technical terminology, etc., in which the technical term trucchigraphy.

2. What is Đồ họa Trúc Chỉ/trucchigraphy?

Đồ họa Trúc Chỉ / trucchigraphy is a combination, improvisation on three factors:

- Traditional handmade papermaking process.

- Water pressure technique (used in countries in the region)

- The principles of graphic arts, printmaking (namely, the principle of metal engraving / etching and also silkscreen)

Trucchigraphy were studied, developed and created by Artist  Phan Hai Bang and colleagues in the process of working, experimental ... from 2000 to present.

This is what makes Trúc chỉ is unique and distinctive; creating a subtle, sharp, delicate system for paper-works only available in Trúc Chỉ.

If the principle of engraving metal is to use chemicals to peel off each layer of metal, creating a system of values when printing out, the trucchigraphy use water pressure to peel off each layer of pulp…to create the thin and thickness, corresponding to the chroma system for the Trúc chỉ works when it interact with the light.

If engraving engraved metal only for a single effect is the surface effect with the values corresponds to the shallow erosion on the metal, Trúc Chỉ works can show two effects on the same a work in a flexible way:

Surface effect: light, positive: thick, bright, dark

Trans-light effect: back light, negative: thick is dark, thin is light.

This is one of the charismatic and inspirational features for the artist and the admirer of Trúc Chỉ Art

Trúc Chỉ Art is currently operating in both directions: visual arts, and applied arts with many exhibitions and awards at Vietnam and abroad.