Bangkok Post reviews
New exhibition by former post staffer
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: June 28, 2013 at 8:14 am
Neilson Hays Library presents "Chahn's Impressions 2013", a collection of more than 30 landscapes, nudes and portraits by Chahn Sutarapong who had his first exhibition at the library back in 1986.
Chahn graduated from Chung Ling high school in Penang while studying art under two artists there, one of whom was Chua Thien Teng, the well-known batik painter and one of Malaysia's foremost contemporary art gurus.
He began his career as an artist by working with various advertising agencies as a visualiser-illustrator before going on to join the Bangkok Post in 1974. After more than 20 years of service, he left the Post in 1995 to pursue painting full-time.
Chahn occasionally works on portraits, but most of his time is reserved for landscapes. He paints quickly, and on the spot, which gives his landscapes a freshness and vibrancy and the ability to catch the mood of the moment. He paints "anything which impresses [him]", but it is light and shade that one first notices when one gazes at his timeless scenes of moored barges and life along the Chao Phraya River. More than 10 of his paintings have been bought by the Oriental Hotel to decorate its Royal Suite and another 20 or so have been acquired by Samaggi Insurance to hang in the interior of their new offices. Philips acquired several of his paintings to print in their 1989 calendar and other works of his grace homes all over the world. The exhibition is scheduled to open in the library's Rotunda Gallery on Tuesday and will run until Aug 4. The library is located on Surawong Road and opens daily, except Mondays, from 9.30am to 5pm.