Even though the origin of Thai visual art set itself away from the practice of realism, modern Thai artists in general are not less competent than any others in the skill of rendering things to be truthful to nature. For instance, the canvasses of Chamras
However, a chance to view works with extreme life-like qualities is not common. Very few Thai masters dedicate themselves to the exhaustive discipline that Chuck Close chose, even though the photorealism genre of this renowned American portraitist has been introduced and included in Thai fine art textbooks for years.
The arrival of Chaiwoot Thiampan's "The Reality Of Simple Lifestyle" exhibition is not only good news for the artist (to have his own solo show at the age of 39), but it's also an event that possibly rejuvenates the circle of hyperrealism paintings in this country.
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