"Nature is so beautiful I cannot paint it. Therefore I paint the feeling I have for nature and use the forms and colours from my dreams. Art is music with rhythm and emotion for the eyes. Intertwining melodies in sparkling colours dance across my canvases to take you in a dream you never want to end."
Somsak Chaituch was born in the hills of Northern Thailand where he grew up in a small bamboo shed. At primary school, his talent for drawing was first noticed. As a youngster, he had to work to support his family. He worked in the rice fields or sold watermelons during the day and as a restaurant-singer at night.
Somsak came to the Netherlands to study arts when he was 27 years old. After his bachelor's graduation at the Utrecht Academy of Arts, Somsak Chaituch continued his study and became a Master of Fine Arts at the Dutch Art Institute at Twente University in 2003. Chaituch had many solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world. His works are found in many private collections. Somsak Chaituch received several national and international awards.
Somsak Chaituch is an abstract expressionist painter in a very identical style in brushwork and colour composition. Brilliant and warm colours and curly-shaped lines refer to the nature and culture of Thailand. With his characteristical crossover identity between east and west and with his lyric between abstract and figurative, Somsak takes the observer in a dream to learn of the existences of life.
The paintings of Somsak Chaituch are music for the eyes. Warm melodies and traditional rhythms blend in abstract expressionistic themes of nature that still refer to the warmth and colours of his origin. They are blend in western composition and style to give the observers that feeling of sparkling excitement that every powerful artwork must give at first glimpse.
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