After drawing the statues I went back to the National Art gallery to take a look of the work of the only artist who was probably brave enough to exhibit his works while the protests had been going on just 500 mertres away and the site of several shootings and grenade attacks just a few weeks later.
I have since tried finding a biography for Preekamon Chiewanich but the most I could find on the artist that he did a Bachelor and Master Degree at Silpakorn College of Fine Arts. His work seemed to be a mixture of wood carving and mix media.
I’m not sure whether the two pictures above were carved or he had painted with mixed media over natural bark. What I do know though is they are spooky as hell, he called the two paintings Expression Texture and Subjective of Forest 1 and 2 but looking at them again and again he seemed to capture the true spirits of the forest, abstract figures that moved as you looked at them from different angles due to the 3D surface of the textured wood.
The painting of the stool above was another great example of natural 3D art, the stool has been carved onto an already wooden carved surface and like the paintings above changes when viewed from different angles.
I love cycling and it is my chosen method of transport around Bangkok so to me the piece above was wonderful, what a great idea to incorporate an actual bike into a 3D painting.
The work below seems to be a series of preliminary paintings in preparation for some of his carved pieces above, I would love to know though if they were done before or afterwards.
I went to the National gallery by bike so on the way home I decided to ride through the protesters at one of the primary road blocks on Rama 8 where I took the photo below.