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Phuket Art: Preserving tradition with modern colours

PHUKET: Three local artists – Chaiwat Kaewnok, Kriengrat Tappabut and Watcharin Rodnit (pictured) – combined the fruits of their creative juices recently to celebrate Phuket’s rich cultural heritage by displaying some of their works at a mobile exhibition.

Wednesday 6 August 2014, 02:38PM

Set up at the recent Kathu Walking Street cultural fair early in July, the exhibition was entitled “Nai Too Doo Silp” which roughly translates to “Seeing the art in Kathu”.

Mr Watcharin said that the street fair was the perfect medium for the exhibition, noting that Kathu is one locale in Phuket where the traditional way of life is still quite prevalent.

“We collected several of our paintings, sculptures and other works that specifically reflect on the environment, nature, architecture and local customs, all of which are valuable in preserving local heritage and culture.”

The main objective of the exhibition was to strike up attention and awareness in audiences and to the value of such elements, so as to ensure that they will be everlasting, and to create an understanding that preserving the old ways can be complimentary to urban development – not necessarily conflicting as commonly thought.


“It starts with the people having pride in their home and the things they have. This will make them want to preserve them. But it doesn’t mean they have to reject modernism.

Both the traditional and modern can co-exist together. And for this we need both the arts and sciences, as well as honesty and sincerity,” he said.

To inquire about the art, contact Mr Watcharin on or call 088-3861449



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