Following John’s visit to the Fine Arts Museum in Ha Noi where he saw numerous images, past and present of women in Ao Dai, John set himself to paint a contemporary, semi-abstract picture of women wearing Ao Dai (traditional Vietnamese dress). However, he wanted to give the picture a mark in time as he realised that even a modern style painting could have been painted perhaps any time in the last fifty or so years. Two shop assistants busy on their mobiles gave John his ‘mark in time’.
Ao Dai and Mobiles
Oil on canvas, 45 x 60cm