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Phuket artist quits job to let it be

PHUKET: For many, the drudgery of their working week is made bearable by the release of the weekend. The smart ones also have a hobby.

By Jody Houton

Wednesday 11 December 2013, 12:06PM

The exceptionally talented ones manage to find a job or career or path towards monetary accumulation that they like to do. Then and only then, professes Chinese philosopher Confucius, “They will never have to work a day in their life”.

Kanchana ‘Yor-Ying’ Sutthikanchanakul knows about the delicate balancing act that is life, as one and a half years ago, the 35-year-old Phuketian decided to quit her job working as a property consultant to work full time as an artist.

“I didn’t graduate in art or anything like that,” says Ms Yor-ying, “it started as a hobby about seven years ago. I started going around the many studios in Phuket Town and speaking to the different artists.

“Many of them became friends and I studied with them. I learned all different types of art, but I suppose oil painting is my favourite.”

Last Sunday, Ms Yor-ying had her first exhibition, held at the Boathouse in Kata. For many reasons, this was also her ‘coming out’ party.

“I’d been doing art in my own spare time, so many people didn’t really know I was doing it, but now everybody knows.”

The name of the exhibition ‘Let It Be’, expresses her relationship with regards to art.

“It’s how I feel when I work – I feel like I don’t worry, like everything is okay, like ‘Let It Be’.”

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Ms Yor-ying’s pieces are a mixture of nature, landscapes and memories of travels. From oil paintings of a Chinese river, to a painting of her posing with her dog.

To coincide with His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday on December 5, Ms Yor-ying also created a few oil paintings of His Majesty.

There are also a couple of abstract pieces adorning the walls of the Boathouse that seem completely incongruous with her Let It Be collection, but Ms Yor-ying assures The Phuket News that they are indeed her work.

“They’re commissions I’ve done,” she explains, “I have to balance between the commissioned pieces and what I really want to do in order to survive.”

No matter the path walked, perhaps we all have to compromise.

The ‘Let It Be’ exhibition will run until December 31.


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