Chairit Srisa-ngasomboon creates the charm of art by communicating with his view and the truth of eyes and heart. I met Chairit and his paintings when there was an exhibition of three artists at Baan Ajarn Farang.
And I was so surprised at the size of his paintings.
Chairit received an honorable mention from Her Majesty Queen Sirikit in the prototype embroidery painting contest for the Arts and Crafts Promotion Foundation
He won a gold medal From the Watercolor Association of Thailand, No. 1
He won the Finalist Award for International Artist Magazine 2005.
He was invited to bring his works to be published in a book entitled "The Art of Watercolor".
He was also invited to bring his works to the world color show in Italy as part of the IWS THAILAND group at Fabriano in 2015-2016
He teaches watercolor painting at home.
An artist who paints with watercolors in a large frame in Thailand nowadays... rare to find here.
JY. Tell me about your work and your inspiration to become an artist.
CS. I convey my impression of the extraordinary view of the surrounding nature. This may not be beautiful in the eyes of ordinary people, but I can appreciate the beauty of art and personal aesthetic.
Nature, water, wind, sunshine, flowers, grass, and, various plants. A complicated view including beauty that is ordinary.
In the creation of each work, I convey aesthetics through concentration and persistence.
Work that I love will be in many pieces because every piece of work is drawn with love and faith. With a small number 8 round brush, just one small handle from the beginning on paper with a width of 110x170 centimeters, it can be said I am the one watercolor artist in Thailand who paints watercolors in a very large frame. Not many artists do like me.
If compared, it would be like a small human floating in the ocean and did not see the shore. As long as the true spirit is hopeful, it will not reach the shore just like this painting requires love and faith
To successfully paint both, with this content, there is a special emotional value to my artwork.
JY. Please tell me about yourself.
CS. I was born and raised in Bangkok with two siblings. I am the second. In childhood, I felt I liked drawing since I was young and I didn't think I would like to go into any other field. I studied art to the level of Vocational Certificate or Higher Vocational Certificate at Thai Wichit SilpArt School in the Fine Arts Department.
The impression of being an artist It is an impression for me of the past
I had some of income from the sale of paintings to the Chaipattana Foundation which is a non-government organization founded by King Bhumibol operating in Thailand since 1988. It develops projects of national and social benefit to the Thai people. The Foundation aims to provide prompt, timely, and necessary responses to problems affecting the people of Thailand.
The Privy Councilor Dr. Sumet Tantivejkul is the Secretary General.
And many more. All these are the impressions of being an artist of the past.
JY. Please tell me about an artist's life in Thailand in your view.
CS. Artists who paint and live by creating art, I think, are very few. If it is calculated as a percentage for Thailand, there may be no statistics. And from what I see, most artists who paint, do so as a vocation. It is difficult to do, very difficult. Most of them have to have other work for support. Trading in art can be difficult at first. In the sale of art that is not yet known to the collectors, there are few to very little compared to the artist who is known. Plus the tastes of most Thai people, when they want to have pictures for home decoration, use a buying method: Prints or inkjet images to be framed on the walls of the house. This makes selling images even more difficult for people to become pure artists. From my experience, some artists who paint can hardly sell their pictures. Some of them have to quit this profession and many have to come to teach art to the general
public or children. That also describes me, at a time when I was not famous in the art industry.
JY. Are you happy to be an instructor for students?
CS. I have been teaching art to the general public as well. But nowadays, many people are interested to learn painting and most of whom I teach are retirees or housewives and people of working age. Some highly skilled artists, who have a great desire to learn, have turned themselves into teachers. As for me, there are quite a few people who are interested in asking to study, but I do not have a basis for teaching work. I do not deny at all, there are still some openings for teaching because in teaching adults or individuals in many different professions who come to study, I have good views and good advice: Some of you have taught each other for many years. Called like brothers and sisters. If to say that at present, 80% of the art that loves and is faithful, another 20% accepts the teaching of watercolor painting.
JY. Please tell me more about Arts and Thai life from your experience.
CS. Art and Thai Society: In my view Thai society and art today are considerably better than in the past, compared to 20-30 years ago, where there were many less places to see art than today. Nowadays, there are many places to see, including state and private art galleries that are open to art exhibitions. Plus, there is much online media traffic that it is easy to access and educate artists around the world. So far this is obvious, but it is suitable for those who are directly interested in acquiring knowledge. Yet in our Thai society, I think that there is still little interest in art. Various art galleries are available, measured by the number of people who visit, very small to very few, as I've observed at the time of my exhibitions and with other artists. There will be an opening day where many people come to see the event, but after the opening day, fewer people are visiting the event
And if there are no activities such as workshops in the exhibition to make it interesting, the exhibition will be quiet. I think that in Thailand, even if we see it in the arts, it looks good, but it is not enough to encourage Thai people and youth to turn their attention to art.
I see art as food for the heart because art presents perspective, outlook, beauty to the audience. In Thai society, there are still many people who do not understand or have access to art. Therefore, the public sector, the private sector, and tourism, as well as artists, should be involved in this consultation. And to provide support to find ways to manage it for the people and youth of Thailand. How do I access, understand, and contribute to art? Because when society has participated and understood, Art will heal the mind to create feelings of joy, goodness, beauty, and happiness. People around it will be happy, we will live in aThai society that will love and unify. This is a likely consequence of my view.