Lives and Works: Chiang Mai
Pakitsilp Varamissara trained in the discipline of traditional Thai painting at Silapakorn University in Bangkok, which has served as a foundation for the artistic challenges of his impressive body of work.
Solitary stroller, oscillating between tradition and modernity, the artistic approach of Pakitsilp Varamissara subtly borrows the heritage of the Lanna School bringing it to a timeless level. He freely infringes Thai traditional painting codes, bringing them smoothly to fresh, modern and unique compositions. “As a student I got to explore the Thai traditional paintings in the temples, and made numerous field trips to study them closely, with my classmates or alone. I was especially influenced by the Ayuthaya period. I found that the lines were so fresh and powerful! I studied a lot the frescoes in the Wat Suwan and Wat Manance in Pethburi. At the time I also made some renovations in temple wall paintings. My compositions are mainly inspired by the traditional paintings we find in the Thai temples. I love the way this huge wall provides space for a wide landscape we can grasp in one look, and then as we get closer we can enjoy hundreds of details filled with humor and messages. It is like there is a double reading of the same painting. It is also as if we could understand the world with a higher point of view. I also like the simplicity and humanness of the subjects. Looking at a mural in a temple is like reading a book. A story about the everyday life of the people and as your eyes looks towards the ceiling it is the story of Angels, Gods and Buddha. There is a direction in the reading, a rhythm, like in a book.” (Interview and text by Myrtille Tibayrenc)
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