Through the painting the artist sends a message of happiness as life gets back to normality after the COVID-19 pandemic.

His piece beat off competition from nearly 2,000 entries submitted by 1,000 painters from around the world to win the Best of Show prize.

Nguyen Toan was born in Hung Yen province and graduated from the University of Arts and Design in 2015.

Through ‘Vô thường’, he has become the first Vietnamese painter to be honoured at the US’s watercolour awards.