Modern soul in old town
PHUKET: Phuket artists Zen, Jek and Ids came together last Saturday (June 9) to showcase their unique, zany and at-times literally off the wall art pieces in a combined exhibition at the Drawing Room in Phuket Town.
Friday 15 June 2012, 02:26PM
The opening night of the exhibition ‘IdZenJek 1st’ – named after the three artists – attracted many art lovers and contributors to the emerging Old Town art scene.
Quietly spoken Zen’s surreal paintings usually hang in his ‘Wua Studio’ on Phang Nga Rd. Having painted for more than 15 years, he describes his normal working process as functional and even practical, “I like painting. That’s the easy answer as to why I paint.”
Jek is also from Phuket, and although many of his pieces were hanging on the walls, he considers himself much more of a sculptor, “I like doing that much more with all different types of material; cement, steel and wood are my favourites.”
His paintings, however, are also very impressive and rather odd, Jek explains with a smile that this in fact was his intention, “What I want to show is fun. I paint when I am happy. So I paint to be happy.”
He adds, “I paint to make people happy and also confused, I want people to have all manner of emotions when they look at it.”
Jek creates his huge, unique images in rather an unorthodox method, “I like to do many crazy things with the paints, first I put the canvas on the floor and dash paint, and then hang it up for the more intricate designs...”
The final artist Ids’ glorious work was featured prominently around the two-floor exhibition. The eye-catching doodles are sketched in bold, black marker yet contain a dizzying amount of detail.
IdZenJek 1st runs until June 30 at the Drawing Room on Phang Nga Road in Phuket Town, 086 899 4888.