Saigon Street Scene “SAIGON VILLA”
by Richie Fawcett
Canvas on a stretcher frame
Overall size (cm): 82 x 30
Only 1 left in stock
Richie drudged up his long lost, and virtually unknown, talent and begun sketching his favourite street scenes and cityscapes.
Time’s in Vietnam, especially living in central Saigon, is what reignited his interest in sketching. Being able to capture the vibrancy of the people and culture gave him renewed energy to physically realise the way in which people live and work in the rapidly changing urban landscape of Saigon.
Another aspect that has motivated him to start sketching again, is his appreciation for history and the fact at Saigon, especially, is developing so quickly; many of the old historic buildings of central Saigon have been torn down to make way for new developments.Although the sites of these developments are often left untouched for years, it’s prompted him to capture the life of the city’s old streets before they’re lost forever. A specific instance of this can be seen in Richie’s four original drawings of Ben Thanh Market – North, South, East and West.
The Studio Saigon
With RICHIE FAWCETT
A bartender and artist, born in Norfolk, England in 1973.
In his unique signature sketches, panoramic views of the cityscape, his technique is to return to the same position on the street for many days to capture the feeling of the scene. He always carries a small sketchbook filled with thumbnail sketches of the Cyclo riders, Xe Om, and the many street characters he encounters on his travels. He has recently published a cocktail, art and history book about Vietnam focusing on the buildings and street scenes of Saigon.
ln March 2017, Richie opened his own gallery with an adjoining hidden bar, The Studio Saigon, where he permanently exhibits his original artworks and makes cocktails inspired by the country's history using ingredients native to Vietnam.
Please call to make an appointment to see his work and try his cocktails.