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Living a childhood dream: Phuket Art exhibition

PHUKET: For many, the magic of Phuket is being able to live out a dream here – live on a tropical island, build a house in the jungle, become a dive master, or teach yoga as a career.

Thursday 8 May 2014, 03:02PM

French artist Vincent Henon is here doing exactly this, having only recently “un-quashed” a lifelong passion and dream, as he puts it.

Born in November 1979 in France, Vincent Henon describes himself as a “single” child raised by a dysfunctional couple. “I had a very unhappy and lonely childhood, where drawing became a world of means and where friends could be on the paper as well... When I was 11, I told my mum I wanted to be a Spider-Man comics’ artist.”

But his parents would have none of it; in their eyes, a career as a doctor was much more fitting – so Vincent completely stopped drawing, and tried to comply with his parents’ wishes. “But my heart never was in it, and at the age of 20, after leaving school and my parents, I lived off of small jobs for about a year... not so lonely but still unhappy.”

But then Vincent had an epiphany inspired by the movie American Beauty, leading him to discard his lacklustre life, leave the beaten track and begin a journey towards his childhood dream of creating art.

“I felt that if I was able to see more beauty in this world and to frame it, it would make me, the world and all the unicorns ever drawn without rainbows, happier,” he says.

He returned to study art in France and then Belgium, where he discovered the energy of Ashley Wood, the watercolour works of David Mack and Kent Williams, as well as the genius of the Japanese print.

Despite achieving great academic results and exhibiting in Cologne, Germany, he still felt there was something missing – happiness. Eventually he found that through studying Zen and daily meditation.

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Vincent’s first solo exhibition, “Child-Like”, is being presented by Oasis ed. Phuket at The Grumpy Panda Art Space located in The Book Café, Rawai. A series of engaging watercolour and ink images, “Child-Like” links the pure colours and energy of children’s drawings, with the graphic concepts and realism of an adult.

In his work, Vincent creates what he calls “movement in art”. He hopes for his artworks to in turn move viewers – through feeling, poetry and beauty. A strong feature in each is Vincent’s muse and fiancée,

As part of the exhibition opening celebrations on May 10, Vincent will facilitate a Free Kids Art Workshop at 4pm, followed by the official exhibition opening at 7pm.

As one whose love of art was disregarded by his parents, he is passionate about encouraging children to discover, explore and play with art. His artworks reflect this passion, as they welcome anyone and everyone to engage and enjoy them, with no barriers of age, culture or knowledge.

For more information about the exhibition, opening reception and Kids Art Workshop, contact Kez at Oasis ed. Phuket via info@oasisedphuket.com or 084 946 2171.

Class Act Media is a proud sponsor of this event.


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