Arts - Entertainment
A Stunning Art Exhibition opens at Gallery 116
The colorful paintings of flowers were very
popular with the many people who came to the opening at 116 Art Gallery.
(Photo by Wipanee Intapan)
I was totally amazed when I went to the opening of a new exhibition in Mrs.
Wanthip Nimmenhaemin’s Gallery 116 near to the Nawarat Bridge on Charoen
Muang Road. Perhaps I should say overwhelmed rather than amazed as this
exhibition of works by Thai artists is something very unique and
extra-special. There were throngs of people at the opening – almost as if
the whole Thai art world was on parade and after a few moments browsing in
the gallery it was easy to work out why – the three talented and respected
artists whose work is on display provides an exciting contrast of colours,
styles and innovation. The opening ceremony was most impressive with light
traditional background music and a wonderful display of Thai sword dancing
by eight-year-old Theerasut who performed his carefully rehearsed routine
very skillfully and enchantingly.
Uthai Kanoey is a potter and he has produced some wonderful artifacts in
attractive shapes and sizes that would enhance the quality of any home –
vases, plates and other fascinating shapes are tastefully displayed around
the gallery and add a fabulous contrast to the paintings on display. The
colours are intriguing as are the designs – gentle hues of brown or violet
with inlaid and carefully crafted patterns that are immediately eye-catching
and full of interest. Uthai himself studied for several years in Japan on a
Scholarship and he now has a creative factory in nearby Lampang.
The other two main artists featured, Sompon Boonruang and Sompaesorn
Manorit, have produced beautiful paintings and sketches plus some pictures
derived from wood-cuts. Along with the pottery this makes for a marvelous
variety of exhibits that is a real feast for the eyes and for the mind. I
often find that Thai artists seem quite restricted in their imagination
resulting in paintings that are very similar – this is most definitely not
the case here. Beautifully coloured and crafted flower paintings are hung
alongside stunning frames filled with modern designs in blacks, whites, reds
and golds giving an impressive effect. The displays are tastefully arranged
as always and in the adjoining annex room are more paintings by students,
which are also well worth browsing through. This unique and almost magnetic
exhibition is something I am really glad I did not miss – so it is well
worth visiting this collection of fine works, lingering around the displays
or just sitting on one of the sofas or chairs and absorbing the inherent
quality and beauty of all these varied creations. As I wrote earlier, I was
quite overwhelmed but also excited by what I saw – so get down to the
gallery right away and I am sure you will have a similar experience.
All the exhibits on display are for sale at very reasonable prices ranging
from 1,000 baht through to larger works around 50,000 baht. The gallery is
situated on Charoen Muang Road about 300 metres from the Nawarat Bridge on
the right-hand side heading towards the railway station. It is open from
1.00pm until 7.00pm daily except Monday when the gallery is closed. This is
most assuredly an exhibition not to miss before it closes on September 16th.
The curator and the gallery can be contacted on 053-302-1110 or on 89 853
2488 or email: [email protected] More information can be found on
the website [email protected] For those of you with a blank space on your
walls or a coffee table or shelf that is crying out for something to enrich
the space, then now is the chance – a golden opportunity – to enhance the
beauty of your home and something I am sure would be noticed and admired by
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