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PATH OF ILLUMINATION

An Artist’s Illumination in his pursue of Happiness
3 April - 30 April 2015.

PATH OF ILLUMINATION

LWH Gallery is proud to present the solo exhibition of multiple award-winning Thai artist – Chatchawan Rodklongtan. Chatchawan is a highly regarded contemporary artist in his home country. His honors roll includes two top prizes from the Phillip Morris Art Award, and prestigious national accolades for his portraits of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. His works are in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok and the Oita Beppu Art Museum, Beppu, Japan.

Chatchawan’s signature style involves paintings of golden light illuminating behind glided doors complete with walls of intricate details with symbolic Thai motifs. In Chatchawan’s paintings, gold colour expresses faith while darkness symbolises ignorance. The mesmerising light that breaks through the gates stands for the light of knowledge. Each of his works conveys his idealism into images that integrate Buddhism doctrines.

The intricate motifs on the walls represent the earthly struggles and mortal temptations. As one overcome them, a gilded door bestowed with auspicious Buddhism motif opens to invite one towards the light of illumination.

According to Chatchawan, “Everyone likes happiness. And what exactly is true happiness? This has been the initial concept of my work for more than 15 years. It briefly touches upon the direction of my personal life, my experiences, what I’ve seen and know to that of my psyche, finding inspiration from faith. It is a composition of the principles of Dharma and Buddhism. However, Buddhism is not a belief or about faith. It is about a path that someone directs us to, but it depends on the individual, whether or not they are ready to open the door and embark the path on their own.”

Chatchawan’s artistic mastery and detail works are in full glory in not just the illuminated section of his paintings. Often the finest details are found in the faintest of light where it conceals a high degree of artistic details that are only visible upon close inspection. The darkness is symbolic of struggle that man face in his darkest hours. Nevertheless with determination and will, the doors that glow in celestial splendor calls upon man towards betterment.

For more information about the artist click here