by Chai (Surachaithawe Thawesukphaisan)
3rd to 29th January, 2012
You are warmly invited to join the opening reception on Saturday January 7th, from 6-8pm
Chai (Surachaithawe Thawesukphaisan), 32 years old, is a graduate from the Mahamakut Buddhist University. Beside being a Water Colour painter he is also a Floral Artist. The place where he grew up was the beautiful wonderful land of South Isaan. There was so much natural beauty and nature. In recent years the natural landscape has been damaged through land clearing.
During the Vietnam War era the Thai government, under strong suggestion from Western governments, promoted large-scale clearing of forested areas around the country in an effort to destroy hide-outs of communist insurgents. Mnay of the largest were in Isaan. In less than 15 years, forest cover in Isaan was rediced from 38% (1973) to 13% (1987). Added to this, the merging of many farms has seen the landscape change.
His paintings reflect his past memeories of this landscape; they are the images from his childhood. He wants to capture the changing light across the rice farms and forest remnants.
Chai will never forget this landscape that is now changed and damged, his paintings recall this period. While his work is in many private collections around the world, this is his first exhibition which focuses on Isaan's natural beauty. He doesn't want to forget about this period.