Journal: 2011 Contemporary Paintings on
at the National Gallery,
China in April and writing up my visit to the National
Museum in Beijing (Art
Journal: China April 2011); in July 2011, I had a chance to view
some works of Thai artists' at "The 13th Panasonic
Contemporary Painting Exhibition" exhibited at the National
Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand.
The exhibition showcases a selection of 54 paintings by 53 artists from
a painting competition sponsored by Panasonic (Thailand) Co.Ltd. This
annual Panasonic art competition aims to promote art activities
that will culturally enrich Thai society and to encourage Thai artists
to produce meaningful works to show to the public.
From a total of 201 entries, the selected 54 pieces to be exhibited
were mainly in oil and acrylics medium; with some collage art, mixed
media, drawing and batik.
Well-known experts and Thai artists on the judging committee were Prof
Kamchorn Soonpongsri, Thawan Duchanee, Prof. Preecha Thaotong,
Rakpathum, Dr. Apinan Posayanon and others.
The 1st prize winner
Ms.Suwannee Sarakana with her "Mother's Hug" painting, portrayed love
within the family using oil on canvas.
The 2nd prize winner "We
Together - With the Cow Pattern" by Ms.Krissadarng Intasorn
reflected the forgotten local culture, using mixed media; and the 3rd
prize winner was The Mask by Mr. Amarin Buppasiri, using oil on canvas.
(Picture left) The
1st prize winner, Mother's Hug, oil on canvas, 200x200 cm.
After the show at the National Gallery
Bangkok in July 2011, the
exhibition was displayed in the northern city of Thailand, Chiangmai,
Chiang Mai University's Art Museum.
Most of the artworks in the exhibition this year were well-executed and
displayed good craftmanship of the Thai artists. After walking
through the show, however, I felt a little dissapointed to see some of
artists showed strong influence from Chinese modern art artists; for
example: Yue Minjun's style in one of the 2nd award winners, "Black
Face; and there were similar themes, compositions and colors to some
Chinese artists in: "The Mask No.1"; "Portait Plastic", "Wasted" and
In my view, at the 9th Panasonic
Contemporary Painting Exhibition" 2007 (Art Journal: Thailand
2007), the Thai artists that year produced more outstanding works
with more originality. Also, interestingly, there were more
artists in 2007 sent in their works compared to those in 2011 (in 2011:
201 artworks from 117 artists; in 2007 264 artworks from 177
artists). As an advocate of art in Asia, I would like to
encourage the organizers to promote the event more as this is one of
Thailand's largest annual art exhibitions.
left) The 2nd prize winner, "We Together with the Cow Pattern", mixed
media, 122x180 cm.
(Picture above right) The 3rd prize winner, "Day and Night", Acrylic on
canvas, 150x175 cm.
(Picture above right) Another 2nd prize winner, "Black Face" and
(right) The 3rd winner, "The Mask No. 1", showed strong influence from
some Chinese modern art artists.
above right) Honorary mentioned "Black Face" and (right) "Girls",
another two which have
similarities in styles and colors to famous Chinese artists'
above right) Honorary mentioned "Consumerism II" and (right) "Southern
Circle", Batik, 180x125 cm.
above right) "Together", crayon, 150x180 cm.; and (right) "Feeling
Moves, Follow", oil, 140x190 cm.
"Grandma's House No.4", mixed media, 200x130 cm.
Suya (Soraya Runckel)
Born in Bangkok,
Thailand, the daughter of a noted architect and artist renown for his
works on Thai architecture, Soraya developed her deep interest in
drawing and painting at an early age. She paints in watercolor,
pen&ink, acrylic and Chinese Brush paintings. Soraya studied
Chinese brush painting for 13 years. She lived and worked in Beijing,
China, from 1996 to 1999. Soraya's works have been exhibited
extensively, in Thailand, England, USA,
Vietnam and China.
The wife of a formal
Senior diplomat, Soraya has traveled extensively. Her work reflects
culture and scenes of places she has been to. Her work gives positive
feeling, details, and variety. In her previous exhibition in London,
Soraya was noted as "...an artist with skill and mastery in
different styles," by the London Times.
Soraya owned and
operated her art gallery in the U.S., Asia Art Gallery,
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