Make Chiangmai Mail | your Homepage | Bookmark

Chiangmai 's First English Language Newspaper

Pattaya Blatt | Pattaya Mail | Pattaya Mail TV

 
Vol. XIII No.6 - Sunday March 23, 2014 - Saturday April 5, 2014


Home
News
Arts - Entertainment
Life at 33 1/3
Ask Emma
AutoMania
Book Review
Bridge in Paradise
Business - Travel - Tourism
Cartoons
Animal Welfare
Care for Dogs
Community Happenings
Doctor's Consultation
Dining Out & Recipes
Education
Features
Gardening
Life in Chiang Mai
Mail Bag
Mail Opinion
Money Matters
On the Grapevine
Photography
Quirky Pics
Social Scene
Sports
Golfnutter
Daily Horoscope
About Us
Subscribe
Advertising Rates
Current Movies in
Chiangmai's Cinemas
Classifieds
Back Issues
Find out your Romantic Horoscope Now - Click Here!
Update by Saichon Paewsoongnern
 
 
 
Arts - Entertainment
 

Creativity and Spirituality

Buddhist art at Gallery 116

Gallery 116 hosts an amazing display of Buddhist art.

By Jai Pee
The new art exhibition which opened on this month at Gallery 116 on Charoen Muang Road is a marvelous collection of deeply spiritual Buddhist canvasses which show that the artist – 38 year old Pakaphong Thongkaing – has enormous talent and creativity. This is his second exhibition and is entitled “Buddhist Awareness and Blessings of the Devas” and is well worth visiting. All the paintings, acrylic on canvas, have been inspired by the artist’s deep personal beliefs in Buddhism generally and by the more localized beliefs of Northern Thailand. Born in Chang Dao, Pakaphong is largely self-taught in terms of his artistic style and technique. He explained that many of his works were inspired by the temple murals to be found locally and the belief in the Devas, whether personal or related to our birthday or birth year. His work is very thought provoking – almost all his pictures are a mixture of various hues of orange, brown and gold. They give a feel of something far deeper than mere paint on canvas – as the great former UK poet laureate William Wordsworth once wrote when inspired by his second visit to Tintern Abbey in 1798: “And I have felt a presence that disturbs me with the joy of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime of something far more deeply interfused, whose dwelling is the light of setting suns, and the round ocean and the living air and the blue sky and in the mind of man – a motion and a spirit that impels all thinking things, all objects of all thought and rolls through all things”. Those eloquent and much loved words from over 200 years ago could just as easily have been written after looking at the paintings on display.
The canvasses are fairly large – some measuring 200 by 150 centimetres through 150 by 130 centimetres and to 80 by 70 centimetres. All are for sale at very reasonable prices ranging from 30,000 baht to 200,000 baht. Whilst impossible to single out one particular piece, the canvas ‘Enlightenment’ is a vivid portrayal of the simplicity of understanding life through meditation, with its focus on the holy man in lotus position surrounded by a myriad of patterns and colorful images that offer an instant escape from the complexities of this life into a state of peacefulness and tranquility. Similarly engaging in its beauty is the painting entitled ‘Urn for a Holy Relic’ a marvelous collage of images and colours.
It is a great tribute to Mrs. Wanthip Nimmenhaeminda, the Gallery 116 owner who has a unique gift for discovering emerging talent and this exhibition is no exception. The exhibition is open until April 30th 2557. For more information phone 053 302 111 or 089 853 2488 or email: [email protected] But do not miss this unique opportunity to share in something very special at the heart of Chiang Mai.

 


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Creativity and Spirituality

Advertisement

 



Chiangmai Mail Publishing Co. Ltd.
189/22 Moo 5, T. Sansai Noi, A. Sansai, Chiang Mai 50210
THAILAND
Tel. 053 852 557, Fax. 053 014 195
Editor: 087 184 8508
E-mail: [email protected]
www.chiangmai-mail.com
Administration: [email protected]
Website & Newsletter Advertising: [email protected]

Copyright © 2004 Chiangmai Mail. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.