A dual exhibition by Amy Diener and Kimberlynn Marie at Mahanaga Thai fusion restaurant, 2 Sukhumvit Soi 29, presents the colours of Thailand and close-ups of nature. The artists, both art teachers at an international school in Bangkok, take their inspiration from the vivid hues and natural splendors of the capital and its environs.
New York native Diener says her original motivation to live in Thailand was sparked by a desire to pursue meditation, a desire that grew into a wider love for life in Bangkok. “As an artist, the first thing I noticed when I arrived here was all the beautiful, bright colours – golden temples, hot pink taxis, lime green motorcycles, cyan blue malls, magenta apartments, forest green leaves, and violet flowers. My artwork investigates how the use of vibrant colour and brushwork can affect your present mood in a positive way. I specialize in commissioned portrait paintings, depicting the essence of the person. However, I also paint subjects such as animals, flowers, landscapes, fantastical architecture, and pure abstraction using these vivid colours and large bold brushstrokes.”
Describing herself as primarily a photographer, Marie also produces paintings, drawings, lithograph and screen prints, and ceramics. She says, “I capture the beauty surrounding us by taking photographs of simple everyday moments in nature. I use photography because it allows me to present wonderful but often overlooked sights that exists in a world that many consider mundane. Through a zoomed in view a new bazaar landscape is created, allowing the viewer’s perception to re-engage, resulting in a renewed appreciation.”
Colours of Thailand and Close-ups of Nature runs at Mahanga on March 7 (1.30pm – 4.30pm). Visit facebook.com/events/750048548424522/ for more information.