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Smile of Pain

The artist with one of his works at the opening of the exhibit on December 21.

By Shana Kongmun

Chumpol Taksapornchai’s exhibition, Smile of Pain (Beauty of Life) opened at the Meeting Room on Saturday, December 21, 2013 with a showing of works social, political and personal themes. The featured painting was a large piece titled “Smile of Pain” that touched on the current themes in Thai politics including corruption, vote buying and populist policies that the artist feels have caused Thailand great pain and yet the Thai smile continues.

A visitor the gallery studies the work “Smile of Pain” a commentary on the political landscape of Thailand.

Other works focus on sexuality and sensuality, happiness and sadness. The works are compelling and unique, offering a glimpse into the artist’s opinions and beliefs. Chumpol is a friendly Bangkok native who is deeply invested in change in Thailand and feels that the system is broken; he tries to express this belief through his work. He has a larger exhibit planned in London next year where bigger pieces will also be on display.

Smile of Pain (Beauty of Life) runs through December 31 at the Meeting Room Art Café on Chareonrat Road opposite Wat Ket. It is open daily until 9 p.m.

Desire 1 by Chumpol Taksapornchai on display at the Meeting Room Art Café.

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