Chatchawan Rodklongtan

Artist Story

“There are many paths to happiness, just as there are to suffering. It all depends on the individual, and what he or she chooses to use to resolve the suffering. However, true happiness is continuous. The principles of Buddhism and Dharma have led to my discovery of a state of happiness that is not seeking. In other words, the gravitation towards suffering does not exist because the desire for happiness is suffering. Therefore, true happiness is simple. It can be felt through one’s spirit. There is no need to own that happiness.

Happiness and suffering have always been paired together, since the creation of life. These two opposing aspects will never fail to meet. When we are born, they enter our lives. Thus our only duty is to observe them and acknowledge them. We are not to try to own them. If we own one, we must own the other as well. Therefore, all we have to do is to live simply, and at the same time, must live harmoniously with the two. We are not to disturb them. We can live peacefully in this world, with happiness and suffering.”

Born in 1974, Chatchawan Rodklongtan graduate from Rajamagala Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Arts (Painting). As a devout Buddhist, time honoured temple murals that he often explores in his youth, influenced Chatchawan’s works. As he approached adulthood, he began to explore the dichotomy of ‘Happiness’ and ‘Suffering’. Despite its philosophical concept and the painting’s detail intricacy, his works evoke a sense of tranquility that is almost like the inner sanctum of a monastery. The sense of peace and steadiness that are articulated with each brushstroke, come together to produce an exquisite mastery of classical art with modern sensibilities. His works convey an acute awareness of the truth that comes forth from an individual who is illuminated about with the demands of modern life but also the ways of the Dharma.

 

Awards

* Honorary Mention, Children and Youth Exhibition “Queen Mother’s Work for the Thais”.

* Honorary Award, 2nd Best Arts of Thailand, organized by Philip Morris.

* First prize, Contemporary Art By Young Artists : “Thailand, Heaven for Visitors”.

* First prize, Exhibition in Honor of H.M. the King : “Good Heath under his Royal Patronage” , organized by the Ministry of Pubic Health.

* Special Awards, Painting in Honour of H.M. the King’s 72nd years.

* Honorary Award, 6th Best Arts of Thailand, organized by Philip Morris.

* First Prize, Model and Sketchers in Honor of H.M. King’s 6th Cycle Birthday Anniversary

* 3rd Prize, semi-traditional 25th Bualuang exhibition of Painting

 

Special Awards

2004 : Graduation Ceremony, Advocate of Buddhist paintings by Wat Panyanandaram

2004 : Graduate Awards, at Rachamangkala Institute of Technology, Thailand.

2007 : Grand Prize, The Beppu Asia Biennale of Contemporary Art 2007, Oita Beppu Art Museum, Japan.

 

Key Solo Exhibition

2003 : “Light in an Atmosphere of Faith” Exhibition, River City, Thailand.

2006 : “ Study in Light” Exhibition at the Carpediem Galleria, Thailand.

2008 : “The Moral Precept” Exhibition at Number One Gallery, Silom

 

Biography

1974 – Born in Bangkok, Thailand
1992 – Graduate from the Rajamangala Institute of Technology, Poh Chang Academy of Arts (Painting)
1992 – Exhibition Poh Chang 79th Anniversary
1993 – Exhibition Poh Chang 80th Anniversary WTC Bangkok
1993 – Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Young Artist, Thailand
1993 – Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Young Artist, Thailand
1993 – Bua Luang Exhibition of Paintings at the Musical Art Centre
1994 – Graduate with Masters of Art (Painting) from the Rajamangala Institute of Technology .
1995 – Exhibition of “Best Arts of Thailand”, organised by Phillp Morris
1995 – Art thesis exhibition at the WTC Bangkok
1995 – Exhibition of Opening of Poh-Chang Art Gallery, Bangkok
1995 – Panasonic Contemporary Painting Exhibition
1996 – Exhibition at the 42nd National Exhibition of Art, Thailand
1996 – Exhibition at “Images of River City” Bangkok, Thailand
1996 – Panasonic Contemporary Painting Exhibition
1996 – Contemporary Art Exhibition promoted by Thai Farmer’s Bangkok
1997 – Bua Luang Exhibition of Paintings at the Musical Art Centre
1997 – Exhibition of Best Arts of Thailand, organised by Phillp Morris
1997 – Panasonic Contemporary Painting Exhibition
1997 – Contemporary Art Exhibition promoted by Thai Farmer’s Bangkok
1998 – Exhibition of Art “Singha 65 Years” by Boonroud Brewery
1998 – First Phuket Andaman Painting Exhibition
1999 – Exhibition of Best Arts of Thailand, organised by Phillp Morris
1999 – Painting in Honour of H.M the King’s 72nd Year, organised by Thai Farmer’s Bank
2000 – Contemporary Art Exhibition promoted by Thai Farmer’s Bangkok
2000 – Phuket Andaman Painting Exhibition
2001 – Bua Luang Exhibition of Paintings at the Musical Art Centre
2001 – “Images : Refuge in Thailand” an exhibition of paintings by Thai Artists commemorating 25years of cooperation between the Royal Thai Government and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Thailand.
2001 – “Philosophy Truth Natural” Exhibition of two artists, Chatchawan Rodklongton and Ekasit Jirattikanon at River City, Bangkok
2001 – Group exhibition of “25 Contemporary Thai Artist Exhibition” at the Ploenchit Center
2002 – Exhibition of Paintings “The King in the Heart of the Artist”
2002 – 26th Bualuang Exhibition of Paintings, Sirikit Art Hall
2002 – Painting Exhibition, “For the Chiang Rai Arts Hall”, National Museum, Chao Fah Road
2002 – The 1st Amata Art Award Exhibition, National Museum, Chao Fah Road
2002 – Group art exhibition by “Sien Silpa Thai” at the Bann Bangkok Restaurant and Gallery
2003 – The 27th Bualuang Exhibition of Paintings, Sirikit Museum
2003 – Solo exhibition of “Light in an Atmosphere of Faith” at River City, Si Phraya
2003 – Group exhibition “Thaksinawat” Art Exhibition, Triple Two Boutique Hotel, Bangkok
2004 – Four Thai Artists Exhibition in Washington D.C., USA
2005 – The 2nd Amata Art Award Exhibition, National Museum, Chao Fah Road
2005 – Group exhibition of “Art at Thai Teak Wood House” Exhibition, Suk 11 Gallery, Bangkok
2006 – Solo exhibition of “Study in Light” at Carpediem Gallery, Bangkok
2006 – Group exhibition of ‘Memories by the Sea” Exhibition’ by Thaksinawat at Opium Gallery, Pattaya
2006 – Group exhibition “Faith”, by Four Thai Artists, River City, Si Phraya
2006 – Group exhibition “The King in the Heart of the Artist” at Queen Sirikit Convention Centre, Bangkok
2007 – Painting exhibition in Honour of H.M the King’s 80th Birthday organised by Kasikorn Bank at Siam Paragon
2007 – Group exhibition “Face of the Artist” at Silom Galleria, Bangkok
2007 – “Poh Chang Alumni Fine Arts” group exhibition, Seven Art Gallery, Bangkok
2008 – Solo exhibition of “The Moral Precept” at Number One Gallery, Bangkok
2008 – Visual Art Exhibition of South-east Asia Artist at the Jogja Gallery, Indonesia
2009 – International Art Festival and Workshop in Poh Chang Academy of Arts, Chiang Rai, Thailand
2010 – International Art Festival and Workshop in Poh Chang Academy of Arts, Chiang Rai, Thailand
2011 – INED International Buddhist Art Gathering at Bhodigaya, India
2012 – The 3rd Decade of Bua Luang Paintings in Bangkok,
2012 – Visual Art Workshop Buddhist Art of Mekong Basin at Luang Prabang, Laos 2012 – Art exhibition “The ImaginArt” of the Buddhism Art 2, Bangkok
2012 – 5 Artists, Thailand – Switzerland Exhibition at Siam Paragon, Bangkok