The North of Thailand is home for Thawatchai
Somkong. Born in Mae Hong Son and now based in Chiangmai, Thawatchai
spent five years in India studying art and Eastern religions. His
experience of Buddhism and Hinduism helped to purify his lifestyle
as well as his artistic practice.
Thawatchai believes that art can lead people's thinking away from
the external world, the physical world, and offer new perspectives
on "the essence of things".
This expression of inner vision and wisdom conveys deep meanings
that stimulate the viewer into contemplation, to find his or her
Symbols of nature and Buddhism such as the lotus and stupa forms
are strong features of Thawatchai's artwork. The artist's rich colors,
textures, dots and simple lines create auras and illusions, which
add a sacred and mystical atmosphere and evoke blissful feelings.
These striking visual effects in Thawatchai's works are conceptualized
with spiritual meanings and hidden thought, thus creating truly
Thawatchai's earlier works were more realistic, with some surrealist
effects, whereas his more recent works have less detail and emphasize
the notions of 'rising and falling', and 'wandering souls'.
Highly regarded in his home country and abroad, Thawatchai has
been awarded numerous prizes both in Thailand and internationally.
This freelance Thai artist regularly exhibits worldwide and believes
that life and art are synonymous.