Victory Lacquer proudly bring to you Vietnamese Lacquer painting, as known as Son Mai, from resin of the Son Tree, Rhus Succedanea, was developed in Vietnam as a freestanding form, separate from decoration of wooden objects. -Gallery-
Making a Lacquer Painting may take several months depending on the technique used and the number of layers of lacquer. In Vietnam's Son Mai Lacquer Painting first a black board is prepared.
Then outlines in chalk are picked out in white with eggshell and clear varnish, then polished. Then the first layer of coloured lacquer is applied, usually followed by silver leaf and another layer of clear lacquer. Then several more layers of different coloured lacquers are painted by brush, with clear lacquer layers between them.
In Vietnam an artist may apply up to ten layers or more of coloured and clear lacquer. Each layer requires drying and polishing. When all layers are applied the artist polishes different parts of the painting until the preferred colours show. Fine sandpaper and a mix of charcoal powder are used to carefully reach the correct layer of each specific colour.
Consequently "Lacquer Painting" is in part a misnomer, since the bringing out of the colours is not done in the preparatory painting but in the burnishing of the lacquer layers to reveal the desired image beneath.