Today's Bangkok Post has a brand-new daily section entitled "LIFE". We'll look at its impressive main feature.
The residence of National Artist Chakrabhand Posayakrit also serves as a workshop for Thai traditional artists and craftsmen to create works in various fields, including puppetmaking and traditional music.
This is the first part of the main feature in the Bangkok Post's new LIFE section. If it interests you, and I think it will, I have linked to the full story at the end. In that story you will find out that National Artist Chakrabhand Posayakrit is trying to raise 200 million baht to buy land for a new museum and to prevent the construciton of a new condo overlooking his art-filled home.
The first two paragraphs are the most difficult. Basically, they are saying that while you might expect Mr Chakrabhand's home to be "picture-perfect", it is not that way at all.
Before you begin the story, I suggest you take about 90 seconds to watch this video about Mr Chakrabhand's home.
The fine ART of living
COURTESY OF CHAKRABHAND POSAYAKRIT FOUNDATION
If a house could tell a story, the one standing amid leafy trees where National Artist Chakrabhand Posayakrit lives would speak of an exceptional talent and a citizen with an unmatched fighting spirit. But don't assume his leaf-green-coloured wooden home exudes the stately air of gilded formality, a kind of picture-perfect setting ideal for an architectural magazine.
On the contrary, the two-storey home-office is like Aladdin's Cave, a place where the renowned artist stores his collected paintings, splendid art objects, traditional puppets and sentimental memorabilia.
"My home is cluttered with a lot of my sombat pra sulee [treasure trove]," said the renowned 67-year-old artist as he opened the door to his studio on the second floor.
In its usual sense, "cluttered" would mean an eyesore that should be hidden from the public eye.
But in the aesthetic world of Chakrabhand Posayakrit, the term "cluttered" has a meaning of its own.
To prevent light and dust, the artist has covered most of paintings with black cardboard. But it is a jaw-dropping moment when he removes the coverings to reveal stunningly beautiful paintings, including prototypes of the murals his team is creating at Wat Tri Thotsathep in Bangkok and Wat Khao Sukim in Chanthaburi province.
Inside plain-looking closets, traditional puppets are meticulously wrapped in plastic bags to keep out dust and light.
Neatly placed in the same space are some paintings, among them works by the late National Artist Fua Haripitak and some of Ajarn (teacher) Chakrabhand's unseen works, one of which is executed in a modern Western style – very atypical for him.
But what sheds light on the artist's early days is his collection of toys – most of which he created when he was a young student at Vajiravudh College, an elite boys' boarding school.
"I love beautiful dolls. But unlike children nowadays, we did not have many toys in the past, so I had to create my own," said Chakrabhand while showing the little painted masks he drew on seashells randomly collected from piles of gravel at a construction site in the school grounds.
Other impressive toys are egg-shell dolls. His late mother usually prepared the shells for her son to paint by using a syringe to draw the egg out. "Most of these egg dolls were destroyed, as my father used to take them to show to his friends."
But the objects that confirm the artist's early prodigious talent are the miniature stages he painted on small pieces of cloth after his family took him to see classical dance-drama at the National Theatre when he was only 6.
The young Chakrabhand often recorded Thai classical dance sets in the form of paintings. Sometimes, however, he drew images from his imagination.
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amid - in the middle of ระหว่าง
leafy – full of leaves ปกคลุมไปด้วยใบ, เต็มไปด้วยใบ
exceptional – much greater than usual, especially in skill, intelligence, quality, etc; unusually good ยอดเยี่ยม, ดีเป็นพิเศษ, ดีเด่น
citizen – someone who has the right to live permanently in a particular country พลเมือง
talent – a natural ability to be good at something, especially without being taught ความสามารถพิเศษ
unmatched – better than all others สู้ไม่ได้,หาที่เปรียบไม่ได้
assume – to accept something to be true without question or proof ทึกทักเอา, คิดว่าเป็นจริง,
exude – to show a particular quality of feeling so that people notice easily that you have a lot of it ทำให้กระจาย
stately – impressive in size, appearance or manner สง่าผ่าเผย, ยิ่งใหญ่
air – the feeling that a place or situation gives you บรรยากาศ
gilded – covered with a very thin layer of gold ซึ่งเคลือบทอง
formality – formal style of writing, behaving etc ระเบียบแบบแผน, ความเคร่งครัดในระเบียบ
setting – the place where someone or something is, and all the things, people, or emotions that are part of that place สภาพแวดล้อม,
ideal – the best possible ดีที่สุด
architectural – involving styles or ways of designing buildings ในเชิงสถาปัตยกรรม
on the contrary –completely different or opposed to something else ตรงข้าม
cave – a large hole in the side of a hill or under the ground ถ้ำ
renowned – famous and admired for a special skill or achievement ที่มีชื่อเสียง
store – to put and keep things in a special place for use in the future เก็บ
splendid – very impressive or very good ที่น่าประทับใจ
traditional – things (buildings, clothes, music, customs, etc.) that have been part of a country or society for a long time แบบดั้งเดิม, เป็นประเพณี
puppet – a small model of a person or animal that you can move by pulling wires or strings, or by putting your hand inside หุ่น
sentimental – connected with your emotions, rather than reason มีอารมณ์อ่อน ไหว,ซาบซึ้ง,สะเทือนอารมณ์ได้ง่าย
memorabilia – objects that you collect because they belonged to someone famous or are connected with something that interests you ที่ระลึก
cluttered – putting too many things in a place so that it looks untidy รกรุงรัง, เกะกะ
eyesore – something that is ugly or unpleasant to look at
aesthetic – nice to look at, relating to beauty ซึ่งชื่นชมความงามหรือศิลปะ, ที่เกี่ยวกับความงาม
dust – very small pieces of dirt that cover surfaces inside buildings like a powder ฝุ่น
cardboard – very stiff thick paper, used especially for making boxes กระดาษแข็ง
jaw-dropping – very surprising and impressive or beautiful ซึ่งทำให้ประหลาดใจ สวยตระการตา
reveal – to show something that was covered, hidden or not known ทำให้ปรากฎ
stunning – very impressive or beautiful สวยตระการตา น่าตะลึง
prototype – the first form of something new, made before it is produced สิ่งที่เป็นต้นแบบ
mural – a large painting done on a wall จิตรกรรมฝาผนัง
plain – ordinary; with nothing added ธรรมดา
meticulously – in a very thorough way and with careful attention to detail อย่างพิถีพิถัน
late – dead ที่ล่วงลับไปแล้ว
execute – to do or perform something, especially in a planned way ดำเนินการ
atypical – not usual or typical ผิดพวก, ผิดแบบ, ผิดปกติ
shed light on – to provide information or details to help us understand something
elite – of the richest, most powerful, best educated or most highly trained group in a society ที่มีอภิสิทธิ์ที่สุด, ซึ่งดีที่สุด, ยอดเยี่ยมที่สุด
boarding school – a school where students can live as well as study โรงเรียนกินนอน
mask – something that you wear to cover part or all of your face in order to hide who you are or for decoration หน้ากาก, เครื่องปิดหน้า
random – happening, done or chosen by chance rather than according to a plan ซึ่งไม่มีแบบแผน
gravel – small pieces of stone used for making paths and roads ก้อนกรวด, กรวด
construction – the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. การก่อสร้าง
site – a place where something is located สถานที่
impressive – something that people admire because it is very good, very large or shows great skill ซึ่งน่าประทับใจ
syringe – a hollow cylindrical piece of equipment which is used for sucking liquid out of, or pushing liquid into something, especially one with a needle หลอดดูดยา
draw – to pull or suck something out ดูด
prodigious – very great or impressive มหาศาล,อย่างยิ่ง
miniature – much smaller than things of the same kind
stage – a raised area, usually in a theatre, etc. where actors, dancers, etc. perform เวที
set – the scenery and furniture used in a film, play, or television programme to make the stage look like a particular place ฉาก, ม่านหลังเวที
image – a photograph, painting, or other work of art that represents a person or thing รูปภาพ
imagination – the ability to form pictures in the mind จินตนาการ
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