Thai art reveals similar characteristics expressed through
a variety of modern art forms. Creatively mixing the past
with the present, Thai artists today explore the world through
their art, with an awareness and pride in their unique heritage.
decoration of Buddhist temples with mural paintings, an act
of merit-making, served to disseminate the Lord Buddha’s teachings
and to elevate the religion. Traditional Thai artists applied
high aesthetic and decorative values while communicating and
exploring Buddhist themes, which focus on the inevitability
of change, impermanence, the cycle of life and respect for
the end of the nineteenth century, Thailand entered a period
of modernization, with western influences in the forms of
technology, communications and government making impression
on the country. This radical transition and growth was also
reflected in the arts, which began to show signs of new perspectives
and a focus on realism and the study of nature.
art today is an eclectic integration of styles…as Thai artists
experiment with a variety of international and indigenous
means of expression. It is innovative yet deeply rooted in
the Thai heritage.
distinctive qualities of Thai art result from the coexistence
of polar opposites: Thai and Western, traditionalism and modernism,
figuration and abstraction.
synthesizing the old and new, Thai artists reinterpret and
express their ideas and values, freely and creatively.
Thai contemporary art, two main artistic approaches
are apparent – those artists who choose to experiment and
adopt more western artistic styles and those who prefer to
work more closely with traditional Thai techniques and to
promote a particular sense of Thai national identity. Through
their various perceptions of social, cultural and moral values,
both groups contribute to the range of aesthetic and conceptual
characteristics existing in the Thai art scene. The results
of their creations are identifiable as Thai art – yet characteristically
aesthetic, spiritual and cultural expressions give Thai art
a special value and ensure its importance in the art world
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