Blissed out in slumber

Art November 13, 2018 17:36

By The Nation

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The 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok teams up with Bangkok-based design consultancy Farmgroup to present the “Art Rotation” exhibition series that kicks off with 10 works by award-winning artist Suwannee Sarakana.

The exhibition will be rotated every two months and her artworks, which depict people and animals sleeping, are on view at the Baan Borneo Club and Louie’s Tiffin Grill from Friday (November 16). 

Suwannee has won several awards for her works, including the top prize at the second UOB Painting of the Year in Thailand, a Special Mention Award at the 30th UOB Painting of the Year in Singapore and at the 2010 International Watercolor Competition in Rome. 

Her works are also a part of collections at the National Gallery of Thailand, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Bangkok, Ministry of Culture Thailand, UOB Bank, KrungThai Bank, and the National Gallery Singapore.

“Without my family I would not be an artist. My father was a carpenter and when I was a child, I drew pictures, using his carpentry pencils while he worked beside me. He would often show me how to draw simple shapes and animals such as dogs, cats, chickens and other farm animals,” Suwannee said.

Family and friends became the focus of her works when she began drawing and painting with oil on canvas. Her new works illustrate a child sleeping in the arms of his or her parent. It is the epitome of the love. Without a family or friends, they are adrift in a sea of anonymity and despair.

“When my parents divorced, I realised the importance of family members’ affection towards one another. The family became extended, in my mind, to include my friends. This affection for and memory of family and friends became my primary subject as I matured in my artistry,” she added. 

A silent auction will also allow collectors to bid for Suwannee’s portrait of the late King Rama IX until December 5. Part of the proceeds will go to the Chaipattana Foundation.

Find out more details at (02) 079 7000 or visit