This exhibition of 12 artists (7 Thais, 3 Malaysians and 2 Singaporeans) will expose identities, visions and inspirations of each artists of different cultures. The premier will start in the North, Chiang Mai, then to Bangkok before going southward to Songkhia, crossing the border to Malaysia, where it can be viewed in Panang and Kuala Lumpur, and lastly - in Singapore.

The 7 Thai artists represent those from various regious of Thailand.
Prasong Luemuang from Pantakeung, Lampoon, spent years of simplicity in his motherland. His works deal mainly with the relationship of himself with his surroundings. Occasionally he will reflect the impact of the civilization towards the rural life in his works that poetically weave folk arts with fantasies.
Pricha Arjunka, Somsek Chowtadapong, Nattalert Supat-akanit and Somsak Baksuwan-the 4 artists whose arts are planted in Bangkok, although Somsak Raksuwan and Nattalert are southerners by birth while Somsak Chowtadapong spent a certain period working in Nakhon Srithammarat.

Somsak Raksuwan, faithful to his feelings and characters, untamed by the global art's trends, prefers to portray the forever yearning tranquillity of the nation's natural beauties to rouse the natives to protect their unspoiled lands.

The abstracts of Nattalart undeniably show us that nature and technology, the two contrasting factors, can be together harmoniously as in this set of works that he skillfully and dynamically employ free forms and geometric shapes. They are arts that question the viewers of what truly is human's real happiness.

In each period of his work, Somsak Chowtadapong, never conceals the natural facts of all beings according to Bhuddism. His calligraphy brush technique on space of warm colours are conspicuous. After having spent nearly 4 years in Nakhon Srithammarat, it then is not wrong to say that he has been quietly yet deeply influenced by its surroundings of forests and mountains-so remarkable in his now-a day works. One sees evolutions of mixing techniques of acrylic, pencil and colours as that of unlimited space.

Pricha Arjunka is a wellknown senior artist who has presented unfailingly abstracts. For 40 years (since 1960) he has been a pioneer abstract artist in contemporary arts of Thailand. His paintings vary in colours and forms, some are composed of free forms and painted planes put to gather, while in some, contrasting or harmonized colours are allotted, showing both dimension and movement. His colour schemes identify exactly with his characters-subtle and tender.
Representing artists from the south, Sila Bunyaratana and Mohammed Rojana -Udomsast present intriguing outlook of the southern region. Although their works are not widely known in the capital, but in the 14 southern provinces they are well respected both as artists and as organizers who offer opportunities to local works of fine arts.

Sila spends most of his time roaming through the forests, mountains and the sea to depict the landscape. His overwhelming qualities are transmitted colours and brush strokes to produce bright, clear and aesthetic paintings.
The majority of Mohammad's paintings are imaginary. He arranges forms and patterns by using batik's techniques and hints of seaman's flavours and yet as fascinating as a child's arts

The 3 senior Malaysian artists have long been parts of their country's fine arts. Khoo Sui Ho, a Chinese descendent, wellknown among Thai enthusiasts in arts, used to participate in exhibitions with Thai artists both at the Mek Payap Art Center and the Bhirasri Arts Institute, since 1970 Although he has moved to the USA for many years, he still produces captivating works with
inspirations from both sides of the world.

Hang Eow Lin draws more attention to those closed to him He can portray the characteristic of each vividly.

Chong Hip Sang conveys his imaginations of symbols and believes with simple lines to create faces and human bodies using, on black surface, few colours plaiting together resembling designs in sacred rituals of Malaysian culture.

A senior artist from Singapore, Goh Bang Gwan, still searches to create unwarily collage paintings. He is famous all over Asia with his genuinity in nesting and painting over different kind of natural, paper pulp. Where as in Tay Bak kol paintings, one sees the volume of solidity in the technique that can almost be rebelled as neo-cubism which show scenery, environment and
livelihood of people of his homeland.

The most outstanding aspect in this exhibition is that all works are sole paintings which show evolution of form and technique resulting from dedication, seriousness and long accumulating experiences of each artists, as well as showing his viewpoint of creativity. Admirers will benefit in all respects-Art aesthetic, Social retrospective, environment and unsetaratable spiritual life embed within culture and tradition of Southern-East-Asian, who are heading toward the new decade, together with the rest of the world.


2001 Exhibitions