Welcome To My Beloved Country, Thailand part 7

Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

I went to Thailand to visit my family for two months, from July and August 2017.  I did not visit home since 2006.  I was glad to see my family.  I enjoyed seeing all new development in Bangkok and loved eating authentic Thai food, especially Thai fruits.

I had a chance to visit my home town, Lopburi, where I was raised when I was young, before we moved to Bangkok.  I traveled to Ayutthaya to see the ruins of temples that were burned by Burmese soldiers, when the Burmese wanted to take over Thailand, The Burmese–Siamese War (1765–1767).  Ayutthaya was one of the former capitals of Thailand before moved to, Thonburi and then Bangkok.  I also traveled to, Chiang Mai, located in the Northern part of Thailand.  Chiang Mai is the second largest and second most popular city of Thailand.

John, my husband came to Thailand in August.  He joined me traveling to different part of Thailand.  I had a good time taking videos and photographs wherever I traveled around Bangkok and other part of Thailand.  I hope the viewers of my website will enjoy the photographs that I present in these projects.

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Thursday, October 26, 2017

Thai Artist Mr. Chamni Koedpiam’s covered page catalog of his Exhibition
Welcome To My Beloved Country, Thailand

Mr. Chamni Koedpiam had his exhibition at The National Gallery, Chao Fa Road, Bangkok, September 4 – 29, 2016. 9:00 am – 16:00 pm (Close on Monday, Tuesday and Special Holidays).
Mr. Chamni Koedpiam’s personal comments:
“If anybody asked me about the result of this artwork in the exhibition, I can answer clearly that “It is a record of memory. It is an impression of my fond memory and the influence from difference places that I had visited.”
For more information please visit the following link:
https://www.bangkok.com/shopping-market/popular-markets.htm

Thai Artist Mr. Chamni Koedpiam’s Painting in the Exhibition
Mr. Chamni Koedpiam’s personal comments:
“There are many ways that artists have expressed their memories, which depend on their personal preference. The expression can be in the form of sketch, line drawing, printing and water colors of artwork. I have expressed my true personal feelings in different forms of styles and mediums. If anyone who views my artwork, even though some might not have any knowledge about art would be able to understand what I have convey.”
For more information please visit the following link:
https://www.bangkok.com/shopping-market/popular-markets.htm

Thai Artist Mr. Chamni Koedpiam’s Wood Craving artwork in the Exhibition
Mr. Chamni Koedpiam had his exhibition at The National Gallery, Chao Fa Road, Bangkok, September 4 – 29, 2016. 9:00 am – 16:00 pm (Close on Monday, Tuesday and Special Holidays).
Mr. Chamni Koedpiam’s personal comments
“Art is my personal love and I always express my inner feelings in the form of artwork wherever or whenever I travel aboard. I prefer using water color as a foundation or for a short period of time I would use line drawing with pen.”
For more information please visit the following link:
https://www.bangkok.com/shopping-market/popular-markets.htm

Thai Artist Mr. Chamni Koedpiam’s Painted on ceramic in the Exhibition
Mr. Chamni Koedpiam’s personal comments
“I would like to dedicate my artwork to Buddha, my parents who gave me birth and cared for me and my teachers who gave me knowledge. All have taught me to always see the beauty of the world. Thanks to everyone at the National Gallery who made my exhibition possible and successful.”
Mr. Chamni Koedpiam graduated from Silpakorn Fine Art University, Bangkok, Thailand in 1973.
For more information please visit the following link:
https://www.bangkok.com/shopping-market/popular-markets.htm

Thai Artist Mr. Chamni Koedpiam

Welcome To My Beloved Country, Thailand
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

On Sunday, July 16, 2017 I met a Thai artist, Mr. Chamni Koedpiam at Chatuchak Market, a large weekend market in Bangkok. Mr. Chamni Koedpiam was working on his drawing in front of his brother’s Japanese Crepe Shop.

For more information please visit the following link:
https://www.bangkok.com/shopping-market/popular-markets.htm

Thai Artist Mr. Chamni Koedpiam

I asked Mr. Chamni Koedpiam “Can I take your pictures?” He said O.K. Before I left I asked him if he had a business card. He said he has a catalog of his exhibition.

For more information please visit the following link:
https://www.bangkok.com/shopping-market/popular-markets.htm

Thai Artist Mr. Chamni Koedpiam

Mr. Chamni Koedpiam had his exhibition at The National Gallery, Chao Fa Road, Bangkok, September 4 – 29, 2016. 9:00 am – 16:00 pm (Close on Monday, Tuesday and Special Holidays).

For more information please visit the following link:
https://www.bangkok.com/shopping-market/popular-markets.htm

Thai Artist Mr. Chamni Koedpiam
Welcome To My Beloved Country, Thailand
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

Mr. Chamni Koedpiam is an established artist and well known among Thai artists. He works on a variety of mediums and styles. His work is Si-mi-Abstract. He also works on wood craving and Painted on ceramic.

For more information please visit the following link:
https://www.bangkok.com/shopping-market/popular-markets.htm

Mr. Phaiboon Bannasatra, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai Thailand
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

John called out, “Ing! Come see this artist’s work. You are going like what you see. He is working from a very small picture of Gandhi. He is very good.”

When John mentioned Gandhi, I immediately paid attention because I was very interested to see the work. His name is Mr. Phaiboon Bannasatra. We met him at his studio, called, “Rich Art Studio”, 245B Basement Nightbazaar, Changklan Road, Chiang Mai. I talked to him about my Peace Project. I belief in the, “Nonviolent”, philosophy of Gandhi, which I advocate in my project.

Tita Gallery is located in Mae Rim District, where the tourists can stop on the way to Mae Sa Elephant Camp, or the trip to the North of Chiang Mai. Although it is a popular coffee spot, the gallery is also known for its range of art from the traditional to the contemporary, as well as its support of local artists. Recently Tita Gallery has featured work by renowned watercolor and magazine illustrators Khun Manoth Kitticheewan and Khun Narongyot.
68 Mu 6, Rimtai,Maerim, Chiang Mai, Thailand +66 53 297 811
For more information please visit the following link:
https://theculturetrip.com/asia/thailand/articles/chiang-mai-s-top-10-contemporary-art-galleries/

Mr. Phaiboon Bannasatra, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai Thailand
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

Documentary Arts Asia seeks to encourage and support emerging Asian photographers, documentary artists, and filmmakers. In turn, the gallery aims to give the Thai and visiting international public more exposure to this burgeoning art form, which has some real stories to tell. Past exhibitions have included works featuring Thailand’s Buddhist monks, a photographic spotlight on the contrasts between North and South Korea, and a multicultural project entitled, I AM BANGKOK by Lilian Suwanrumpha.
2/7 Wualai Road, Soi 3, Chiang Mai, Thailand,+66 81 387 470
For more information please visit the following link:
https://theculturetrip.com/asia/thailand/articles/chiang-mai-s-top-10-contemporary-art-galleries/

Mr. Phaiboon Bannasatra, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai Thailand
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

La Luna Gallery: Since 2004, La Luna Gallery has showcased the work of a number of talented emerging artists from Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Although some of those who have exhibited here are well-known, most are up-and-coming experimental artists such as Trinh Truan from Vietnam, who has since gone on to exhibit in New York. Within its multi-floor 400 meter square venue are displays of paintings, photos, prints, sculptures, and design products. A unique cooperation with the Elephant Parade makes La Luna Gallery the sole seller in Thailand of the miniature elephants created by Thai and European artists. La Luna Gallery also cooperates with interior designers and offers special deals to developers.
190 Charoenraj Rd. T.Watgate, A.Muang, Chiang Mai, +05 33 06 678
For more information please visit the following link:
https://theculturetrip.com/asia/thailand/articles/chiang-mai-s-top-10-contemporary-art-galleries/

Mr. Phaiboon Bannasatra, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai Thailand
Welcome To My Beloved Country, Thailand
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

H Gallery Chiang Mai: Alongside its larger sister gallery in Bangkok, H Gallery is one of Thailand’s leading venues for emerging regional and international art. Established in 2002, the gallery began with a focus on emerging Asian artists and has since established a program of exhibitions and installations that aim to generate critical and artistic dialogue on contemporary art practices for a global audience. The gallery’s Project H Space is now in its third year, and functions as a platform to exhibit more experimental artists. H Gallery Chiang Mai has seen notable artists and events, such as the 2012 Mit Jai Inn exhibit, which received critical acclaim.
H Gallery Chiang Mai, Tiger Kingdom, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, +66 (0) 85 021 5508
For more information please visit the following link:
https://theculturetrip.com/asia/thailand/articles/chiang-mai-s-top-10-contemporary-art-galleries/

Mr. Phaiboon Bannasatra, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai Thailand
Welcome To My Beloved Country, Thailand
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

John called out, “Ing! Come see this artist’s work. You are going like what you see. He is working from a very small picture of Gandhi. He is very good.”

When John mentioned Gandhi, I immediately paid attention because I was very interested to see the work. His name is Mr. Phaiboon Bannasatra. We met him at his studio, called, “Rich Art Studio”, 245B Basement Nightbazaar, Changklan Road, Chiang Mai. I talked to him about my Peace Project. I belief in the, “Nonviolent”, philosophy of Gandhi, which I advocate in my project.

I went back to visit Mr. Phaiboon Bannasatra again a few days later. He has almost completed Gandhi’s drawing. I enjoyed seeing his drawing.

Suvannabhumi is one of the only galleries to focus almost exclusively on Burmese artists. The space provides a retrospective look at Burmese artists and their work in a variety of mediums, ranging from oil on canvas to sculptures. The gallery hopes that these types of art exhibitions will help visitors to experience the rich culture of Burma and celebrate it as a center of exquisite art and architecture.
116, Chareonrat Road,T. Watgate, A. Muang, Chiang Mai,+66 81 031 5309
For more information please visit the following link:
https://theculturetrip.com/asia/thailand/articles/chiang-mai-s-top-10-contemporary-art-galleries/

Mr. Phaiboon Bannasatra, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai Thailand
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

Galerie Panisa: Nestled in the heart of Chiang Mai, Galerie Panisa is a privately owned enterprise founded in 2002 by the Chindasilpa family, who collectively share a passion for art and furthering the reputation of artists in the Chiang Mai and Northern areas of Thailand. The gallery organizes around five or six exhibitions each year for collectors and art lovers alike to enjoy. All those who volunteer their time at the Gallery are fine artists from the area and therefore can provide visitors with insider knowledge, as well as curating exciting and imaginative exhibitions. Recently the gallery hosted the works of Missamai Prutamang, who explored the lives of Northern Thailand’s hill tribes. His exhibition showed how even these remote tribes are integrating more and more with modern culture.

Ne’na Contemporary Art Space: Ne’na takes a wholly collaborative, international approach to its exhibitions and activities. Founded in 1998 by a group of Thai and Swedish artists, the space consists of several buildings in the traditional Lanna style, in which artists-in-residence live and work together. The cooperative vibe extends to the local arts community, who often work with the international residents on creative projects. Many of the works produced by Ne’na artists are large scale and site specific, like Royce Ng and Daisy Bisenieks Hanging Altar (2009), an installation that recreated the entire cultural center out of natural materials and hanging plants. Although located a mere 2km from Chiang Mai city, Ne’na feels more like a tranquil haven in which to appreciate art inspired by the landscape of Northern Thailand.
Monfai Cultural Center, Living Museum 6 soi7 khor, Sukasem Road, T. Partan, A.Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand, +66 89 266 6547
For more information please visit the following link:
https://theculturetrip.com/asia/thailand/articles/chiang-mai-s-top-10-contemporary-art-galleries/

Mr. Phaiboon Bannasatra, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai Thailand

Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

H Q Gallery: Within the picturesque city of Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, there are an estimated 1,500 practicing art students and a further 1,000 independent artists, drawn to this magical area by its natural beauty and light, not to mention its fine arts departments within Chiang Mai University and five colleges of tertiary education.

Many of these young artists continue to pursue a career as professionals, some becoming famous in the process. Our job at HQ Art Gallery is to try to pick out those with the greatest talents, while their names are still relatively unknown and their works can be sold at realistic prices. What we offer to you is great value for money and by buying these paintings you are also helping young artists to fund their continuing studies and start their careers.
For more information please visit the following link:
https://www.hqartgallery.com/artists.html

Mr. Phaiboon Bannasatra, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai Thailand
Welcome To My Beloved Country, Thailand
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

John called out, “Ing! Come see this artist’s work. You are going like what you see. He is working from a very small picture of Gandhi. He is very good.”

When John mentioned Gandhi, I immediately paid attention because I was very interested to see the work. His name is Mr. Phaiboon Bannasatra. We met him at his studio, called, “Rich Art Studio”, 245B Basement Nightbazaar, Changklan Road, Chiang Mai. I talked to him about my Peace Project. I belief in the, “Nonviolent”, philosophy of Gandhi, which I advocate in my project.

I went back to visit Mr. Phaiboon Bannasatra again a few days later. He has almost completed Gandhi’s drawing. I enjoyed seeing his drawing.

Michael Good’s Comments on Gandhi

Michael Good: Wonderful.Tears of Joy,remembering t’was in reading his autobiography then the film touching me with such deep feeling,that brought me into my own journey.And now,experiencing the sadness of the upsurge of conflict resulting in so much violence 70yrs since partition as I watch TV portrayal, discussion with those of families who witnessed the horrific times managing to survive.Joy & sadness,but I think helping me to ground myself to move on spiritually better so.I’d love a picture of ‘Gandhiji’!

Street Art, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Discovering Chiang Mai’s Amazing Street Art
by Kian & Sri | May 1, 2016 | Chiang Mai
Street Art in Chiang Mai or generally in Thailand is not automatically illegal as many walls are filled with religious signs and symbols of prosperity. Locals, on the contrary, have different opinions: while some welcome street art as a form of creativity, others will tell you that it has no connection to their culture and simply consider it vandalism.
One thing for sure: street art is the reflection of an artist’s imagination. It offers a way to connect with people in a different way, to get publicly noticed and to put a lasting stamp in an unexpected place. On top, it makes old plain walls more interesting and attractive.

For more information please visit the following link:
https://www.how2travelsmart.com/discovering-chiang-mais-amazing-street-art/

Mr. Kittidet Wongmueng, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai Thailand
Welcome To My Beloved Country, Thailand
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

We were lucky to meet Mr. Kittidet Wongmueng, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 245 B, Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Chiangklan Road, Chiang Mai.

He was busy explaining to his customer about the writing on his artwork.
Chiang Mai’s Top 10 Contemporary Art Galleries

A. J. Samuels
Nestled in Northern Thailand, 700km away from the bustling tourist mecca of Bangkok, Chiang Mai has positioned itself as the cultural capital of Thailand, with many tech start-ups, digital designers, and artists forming a creative hub in the city. With numerous creatives taking up residence here, Chiang Mai has become an extremely artistically and visually rich city to visit. Explore the city’s top ten galleries with our guide.
For more information please visit the following link:
https://theculturetrip.com/asia/thailand/articles/chiang-mai-s-top-10-contemporary-art-galleries/

Mr. Kittidet Wongmueng, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai Thailand
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

Mr. Kittidet Wongmueng, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai. He did the portrait from a photo given to him by customers.

Sangdee Art Gallery
Meaning ‘good light’ in Thai, the not-for-profit Sangdee Gallery has set itself the task of promoting not only local but also national and international artistic talent. The space has previously showcased the work of Royal Academy alumnus Chris Bredon, who made a study of Aung San Suu Kyi during her house arrest in Rangoon and has also painted canvases inspired by his travels across Madagascar and the African Continent. Sangdee Gallery also has a lively café attached to it and plays host to open mic nights, as well as live musical performances from emerging local talent.
5 Sirimankalajarn Rd, Soi 5 Amphur Muang Tambol Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand, +66 53 894 955
For more information please visit the following link:
https://theculturetrip.com/asia/thailand/articles/chiang-mai-s-top-10-contemporary-art-galleries/

Mr. Kittidet Wongmueng, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai Thailand
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

Mr. Kittidet Wongmueng talked to his customers. One of his artwork was displayed between them.

Gongdee Gallery
With one of the largest artistic spaces in Chiang Mai, Gongdee Gallery is a veritable incubator of local creative talent. Established in 1989, the gallery set out to showcase some of the finest wooden creations of the Chiang Mai area, blending both Oriental and Western styles of contemporary art. Home to dramatic sculptures such as large Buddhas and altars painted by local artist Baniya, some of the works include home interiors, soft furnishings, and tapestries.
12 Soi 1 Nimmanhaemin Rd., A.Muang Chiang Mai, Thailand, +66 53 225 032
For more information please visit the following link:
https://theculturetrip.com/asia/thailand/articles/chiang-mai-s-top-10-contemporary-art-galleries/

Mr. Kittidet Wongmueng, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai Thailand
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

Mr. Kittidet Wongmueng waved good bye to his customers.
Matoom Art Space

Showcasing the work of local artist Chumpol Taksapornchai, the Matoom Art Space, which was established in 2014, promotes Thai and Southeast Asian contemporary art. Including work in a variety of mediums such as oil, acrylic, and watercolor on handmade bamboo papers, Taksaponchai’s versatile artwork exudes a peaceful aura and allows those who come to view it to take a moment to relax and reflect.
136/4 Ratchapakinai Rd., T.Prasign A.Muang, Mueang Chiang Mai, +66 89 998 8055
For more information please visit the following link:
https://theculturetrip.com/asia/thailand/articles/chiang-mai-s-top-10-contemporary-art-galleries/

Mr. Kittidet Wongmueng, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai Thailand
Welcome To My Beloved Country, Thailand
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

We were lucky to meet Mr. Kittidet Wongmueng, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 245 B, Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Chiangklan Road, Chiang Mai.

I went back to visit Mr. Kittidet Wongmueng again. At the same time, I visited Mr. Phaiboon Bannasatra. He was working on a commissioned portrait of a lovely couple. We talked about artwork and his philosophy that he practices to keep him peaceful and free.

A Tale of Two Homes Tales of Navin
Commemorative Exhibitions to mark the 20th anniversary of Navin Production

Launch: May 1-2, 2015

To commemorate 20-years since the founding of Navin Production, artist Navin Rawanchaikul together with collector Dr. Disaphol Chansiri have organised a special collaborative art event at three-venues around the artist’s hometown of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.
For more information please visit the following link:
https://www.navinproduction.com/new-list.php?action=4

Mr. Kittidet Wongmueng’s Drawing, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai Thailand
Welcome To My Beloved Country, Thailand
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

Mr. Kittidet Wongmueng was working on a commissioned portrait of a lovely couple. We talked about artwork and his philosophy that he practices to keep him peaceful and free.

Ne’-Na Contemporary Art Space: We are an artist-run residency program in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. The program gives artists the opportunity to develop and expand their work and engage in intercultural exchange amidst a supportive network of local and international artists.
For more information please visit the following link:
https://www.nena-artspace.com/

Mr. Kittidet Wongmueng’s Painting, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai Thailand
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

Ne’-Na Contemporary Art Space, Artist Projects: AIRs art exhibition by Jeannette Castioni
Art exhibition by our current ( April ) artists-in-residence: Jeannette Castioni, Italy based in Iceland and Rosario Vásquez Mira, Chilli.
Jeannette Castioni: My art-practice is often stimulate throughout workshops and seminars as instruments to engage with people as well as localities, to become acquainted about site-specific issues helping me to generate portrays of local peculiarities. My projects and analyses are often triggered by collective behaviours and ideologies, where people skills and projections are becoming part of their practice in the ordinary, and where subject strives for agencies. The organization of small communities alongside subject definitions are main platforms of enquiries; where main analysis try to unfold how subjects are playing different values and projections inside the social realm. I believe the way people activate potentialities be a necessary chore in the everyday, where re-enactment of forces entrenched in the urge of life as motivational forces, create frictions otherwise absent.
For more information please visit the following link:
https://www.nena-artspace.com/projects/

Mr. Kittidet Wongmueng and his paints, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai Thailand
Welcome To My Beloved Country, Thailand
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

We were lucky to meet Mr. Kittidet Wongmueng, Thai Artist in Chiang Mai on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 245 B, Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Chiangklan Road, Chiang Mai.

I went back to visit Mr. Kittidet Wongmueng again. At the same time, I visited Mr. Phaiboon Bannasatra. He was working on a commissioned portrait of a lovely couple. We talked about artwork and his philosophy that he practices to keep him peaceful and free.

Ne’-Na Contemporary Art Space, Artist Projects: AIRs art exhibition by Rosario Vásquez Mira, Chilli
Rosario Vasquez Mira, Chilean Artist: “The Central Market Project”
“The Central Market Project” intends to show the vivacious and colourful activity that takes place at Chiang Mai’s Central Market. From early hours in the morning the movement starts and the merchandise is out. Corn, t-shirts , frogs, mangos and snails join the crowds of people buying, selling, chopping and cooking. The smells, the noises and colors fill the cluttered space. These watercolor paintings express the movement through the colors and bring out the emotion in the middle of the ordinary. They shift your focus to a renewed point of view.
For more information please visit the following link:
https://www.nena-artspace.com/projects/

Street Art, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Welcome To My Beloved Country, Thailand
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

If Walls Could Talk by Vincent Millet
Chiang Mai is awash with art, but many people probably don’t notice the growing number of tagged walls, painted concrete, graffiti style advertising, anonymous stickers, spray painted stencils and mysterious signals dotted around town. Unlike in some parts of the world, street art hasn’t been as prolific here, and has therefore stayed for the most part under the public radar. While you may occasionally glance, peripherally as you whiz past on your motorbike, a few dilapidated walls, some abandoned buildings or a construction site or two marked by artistic expression, they probably don’t cause much more than a “huh” or a second glance. Yes, life is hectic, and often the little things go unnoticed, but take a moment and pay attention! There is a whole creative universe alive in our city streets.
A fringe culture that stakes claim on public spaces and continues to evolve by generating innovative new forms, graffiti is a movement which has evolved so much in terms of expression and style that it is now generally termed “street art”.
For more information please visit the following link:
https://www.chiangmaicitylife.com/citylife-articles/if-walls-could-talk/

Street Art, Chiang Mai, Thailand
If Walls Could Talk by Vincent Millet
In Thailand, this movement likely emerged about a decade ago, led by artists and writers such as Kobby, Yuree Kensaku, Floyd Floyds, and Mamafaka, whose moustachioed hairy monster character, Mr. Hellyeah, brought him acclaim throughout the wider world of art and design. Tragically, Mamafaka drowned in Phuket this past September, shocking not only his fellow street artists but the graphic design communities in Thailand as well. This inspired the artists to create stunning memorials for him which can be seen in Chiang Mai today.
For more information please visit the following link:
https://www.chiangmaicitylife.com/citylife-articles/if-walls-could-talk/

Street Art, Chiang Mai, Thailand
If Walls Could Talk by Vincent Millet
The local street art community is both tight-knit and welcoming, unafraid to break with tradition and traverse cultural boundaries. One Chiang Mai based street artist, Orange, is a 28-year-old female. New to the street art circle, she has managed to pave her way in this male-dominated universe. “There are three girls in Chiang Mai who graffiti and more than 20 guys,” she tells me. “But negative comments about women doing street art are mainly from outsider men who remain in the Palaeolithic age and who still think that a woman is only good to stay at home to care for children.”
For more information please visit the following link:
https://www.chiangmaicitylife.com/citylife-articles/if-walls-could-talk/

Street Art, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Welcome To My Beloved Country, Thailand
Photograph by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

If Walls Could Talk by Vincent Millet
Having graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Chiang Mai University, art in its broader sense is not unknown to Orange. So why choose graffiti to express herself? “I’m not just a graffiti artist,” she says. “I’m a painter first and foremost. But graffiti essentially allows me to express myself in a free way. I paint what I like and share my work with as many people as possible. This outreach is not always obvious at a traditional exhibition where rules are more restrictive. I also don’t do the same thing in the gallery that I do in the street. I completely separate these two worlds.”
Orange is a lone wolf in the Chiang Mai graffiti world. She does not belong to a crew and she has no desire to join one: “I’m addicted to my freedom and the idea of belonging to a crew and being held accountable… no thanks! I want to continue to express myself as I see fit.”
For more information please visit the following link:
https://www.chiangmaicitylife.com/citylife-articles/if-walls-could-talk/

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