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Sunday, 26 June 2016

TRADITIONAL ART...

 
 
'...SEMI THAI'
By Janine Yasovant
[WC News Service]
The artist
Chaiwat Kamfun is a lecturer from Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna and an artist of Thai traditional art, though he defines his style of work “semi Thai traditional” which contains impressive dimensions of dynamic movement.
 
His works are mostly related to Thai culture and tradition. Chaiwat has received awards from several art contests and has participated in art exhibitions in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. His works focus mainly on movements of natural phenomena and imaginative animals in Thai mythology and Thai traditional patterns like garuda and naga.


The stories in his paintings involve with belief and way of life in concept of Buddhism.

I followed and wrote about his works many years ago. Recently, it seems he works harder and his work quality improves noticeably. He also has contact with several Thai and foreign art collectors who come to purchase his paintings and they exchange ideas about art. From this, I can see some changes in his latest works in painting and printmaking. Such changes are full of feelings and emotions more than his earlier works I saw a decade ago.
 
In these later years his creations extend to ordinary animals such as elephant, horses, deer, and birds. The same principle of dynamic movement is still used in smaller paintings.
 
Critics have pointed out that texture of his colourful paintings and printmaking are impressively natural and full of a South East Asia’s belief. 
 
The price range of his acrylic paintings are from 20,000 to 300,000 Baht. Prints start from 4,000 Baht.  

[Janine Yasovant writes from Thailand about art and artists].


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