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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 information.

 


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Youth on Parade – Gallery 116 scores another hit!