29 September, 2021
Chiang Rai Artists: Thawan Duchanee
In 1939 no one in Chiang Rai imagined that one of their community would become one of Thailand’s most prominent and internationally known artists. Thawan Duchanee, it is said, was born with a pencil and paper at hand. He drew and painted his way to Bangkok, on to the Netherlands, around Europe, to the Americas, then back to Asia, Thailand and Chiang Rai. He became known for his modern iconography depicting the Lord Buddha resisting the forces of Mara in order to obtain Enlightenment, battling violence with serenity and repose. He became preserver and protector of the arts, creating a home in Chiang Rai known as Ban Dam – the Black House.
Rebecca Weldon will share the story of the life and work of Thawan Duchanee and how his presence brought together and inspired the modern Thai artistic and cultural community.
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