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A beautiful new beginning

The end of one life is the beginning of new and better life. ’Tis the meaning of life according to a message of hope that local artist Soon Papan wants to spread using art as a delivery medium.

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Tuesday 9 September 2014, 10:00AM

In his previous collection, entitled Koei Mee Cheewit, (literally “Used to have life”) and exhibited at the end of last year, Soon explored the delicate and interdependent relationship between death and nature.

Continuing on this, the imaginative Thai artist is working on a new collection entitled Krapong Dok Mai (the “Flower Dress”), which is inspired by the process of life that naturally follows death.

Soon explained “Everything [about death] must be accepted, people can have new hope and embrace new and better things, and everyone can feel how joyful and hopeful it [life] is.”
The new collection, which will include some 20 works when completed, features elements of water, flowers and femininity, reflecting everything wholesome about life.
For example, one of his the paintings features a beautiful Thai woman adjourned in a flower patterned dress in a vivid, surreal nature-rich setting.

The painting is entitled “Nongnapas number 2”, named after the artist’s partner, and fellow artist. The flowers, he explains, symbolize one of the beautiful processes of life in nature – for flowering is a preamble to the fruit bearing stage.
A tree in the backdrop stands out with its golden fruits. Soon explains that gold is a universal symbol of value, and that the golden fruit symbolizes the value we should attribute to nature.

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As for the paintings main subject, he remarks, “I painted my girlfriend because she is close to me, so it was easy to paint her. And, [portraying] a particular woman can say something about her culture and country. When foreigners see my painting, they know immediately it’s Asian [art]. And they will know this too when they see this painting abroad.”
In another painting, his girlfriend’s flower dress appears again, this time with an image of sand pouring from the heavens. With this, he is expressing the heavenly nature of sand and nature in general.
Another interesting painting in the collection is “The Bucket”, which depicts an image of rubber tapping.

“I would like to present the life of Southern Thailand and Phuket, including images of fishing and rubber trees, which is part of the ‘original’ Phuket way of life.”
Commenting on his unorthodox style of mixing acryilic and oil paints on the same canvas, Soon reveals his initial doubts.

“At first, I was worried about how people would react to this technique, which isn’t so common [among local artists], but eventually, I just let go and let the art lead without any worry. Although the exhibition for his latest collection is not set to officially debut until January next year, Soon welcomes all art appreciators to view and critique his works, some complete, some in the works, at his gallery in Thalang.

Napas Art Gallery is located at 23/56 Moo 6
in Cherng Talay. For directions, or more information, go to, or call 083 633 1204



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