Arts - Entertainment
Youth on Parade –
Gallery 116 scores another hit!
The artists, led by Pasapan Poothang, with the
gallery owner Mrs. Wanthip Nimmenhaeminda (center).
By Jai Pee
Just over one hundred years ago, the British author Joseph Conrad
wrote these lines in his novelette “Youth” - “Youth, the strength of it,
the faith of it, the imagination of it!” And those words could not be
more appropriate for the brand new exhibition of works by young Thai artists
at the celebrated Gallery 116 on Charoen Muang Road. This is a wonderful
collection of emerging young talent – full of forceful imagination, faith in
its potent messages and strength in its artistic designs and portrayals. In
terms of local exhibitions this is a real hit and well worth a visit.
The exhibition opened on September 25th and is a collection of works by just
under a dozen young artists under the leadership of Pasapan Phootang, who
has several of his paintings on display. It is the great variety of styles
and techniques that makes this exhibition so special – styles ranging from
paintings influenced by Van Gogh through to Salvador Dali, from pastel to
deep colour, from light to dark and from wholly realistic to the surreal. As
one browses, the mind’s-eye is drawn into the Lanna Kingdom in a display of
local basket crafts, to large canvases of Thai life including the recent
protests, complex designs around musical instruments, the circle of life
vividly portrayed, intricate and colourful abstract designs as well as
deeply moving portraits of men and women, friends of the artists. How
marvelous it is to be granted this unique opportunity to witness the
emerging talents of a younger generation whose inspiration and skills are a
delight to behold. There are in addition some interesting wood carvings on
display which merit more than just a moment or two.
The owner of the Gallery has the unique talent herself of providing the
people of Chiang Mai with a rich variety of artists from all walks of life –
in the last 2 or 3 years we have seen Royal portraits on display, mature
Thai artists using a wide range of techniques, a display by the Sala group,
abstracts and still life, collages by a Dutch artist, landscapes by a
Slovenian artist, religious symbolism and pottery and now this grand display
by the youth of today – the owner, Mrs. Wanthip, Nimmenhaeminda, is to be
congratulated for her innovative and wide ranging exhibitions, all of which
are attractive and thought-provoking.
This current display will finish on November 26th. The exhibition – just 300
metres from Nawarat Bridge on Charoen Muang Road - is open every day except
Monday from 12.00 noon until dusk ;please phone 053 302 111 for more
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