• Apichai Karikarn's "King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit
  • Kittinan Wichitphan is showing his own painting of Their Majesties.
  • HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn

Art talent rallies for the Queen

Art August 11, 2017 16:30

By THE NATION

Show DC gives the art community a boost with a month-long 'Mother's Day' exhibition



BANGKOK entertainment complex Show DC is paying birthday tribute to Her Majesty the Queen all this month with a “Mother’s Day Art Exhibition” in its fourth-floor Show Art Hall.

Vice chairperson Praparwarn Waeladeevong says the Stream of Arts to Foster Thai Artists Foundation is Show DC’s partner in the event, which coincides with a “Wonderful Mum” campaign also taking place there.

 

“The aim is to promote visual arts that are highly treasured and less often seen,” Praparwarn says. “Some of the pieces have been specially created for this event, including portraits of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, the Queen, His Majesty the late King Bhumibol and other members of the royal family. And there are a lot more artworks that everyone can enjoy.”

She says Show DC is devoting its 2,000-square-metre Show Art Hall to give artists an extra opportunity to promote their work and bring visitors, including tourists and young people, closer to the arts.

“The artists are members of the foundation and eager to exhibit and sell their work, and we have more than 200 paintings, drawings and other genres of art. Among the masters who are participating are Nab Sotthibandhu, Supakit Uttaranakorn, Somyot Kumsang, Apichai Karikarn and Kittinan Wichitphan.”

 

Foundation president Lalisa Chongbaramee says half the proceeds from the sales will go to the foundation to cover members’ essential living expenses.

Another share will help flood victims in the Northeast via the Natural Resource and Environment Crime Suppression Centre led by Pol Gen Chalermkiat Srivorakan.

The art is displayed in four sections, the first depicting the royal family and the second Thai culture, traditions and ways of life. The third section is devoted to art forms other than paintings, though the fourth section is reserved for contemporary sculpture.

Among the highlights are portrayals of the love that bonded Their Majesties the Queen and late King. Apichai’s oil painting of the couple is a standout, drawn from the deep respect he maintains for the beloved late monarch.

 

Apichai has frequently portrayed Their Majesties in their happy youth. A single work titled “The Special Bond from the Love of Mother” features both the late King and his mum, Princess Srinagarindra, and Queen Sirikit with her son, the present King.

Kittinan says his painting “King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit” was inspired by the love he feels towards all members of the royal family.

“Si Chang Island at Night” by Nab deploys his skills in abstract painting to depict the island’s beauty and history. Supakit’s “Chao Phraya as a Gift from Heaven” reflects his appreciation of “Thainess” in the fine arts and depicts the grandeur of the annual Royal Barge Procession as revived by the late King and as seen here from Wat Arun.

Every Saturday and Sunday there are “A Special Bond between Mother and Child” workshops at which the artists offer guidance as people create art with crayon, pencils and plasticine.

 

MUCH TO SEE AND DO

- The exhibition “Mother’s Day Art Exhibition” continues all through August in the Show Art Hall at Show DC on Rama IX Road.

- It’s open daily from 10 to 10.

- Find out more at www.ShowDC.co.th and its Facebook page.