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It’s hard to work out exactly what expression the characters in painter Aranya Khunchawattichai’s paintings are wearing – and that’s much of their power. Atmospheric and inscrutable, her work hints at a dark temperament, an inner sadness.
Aranya Khunchawattichai (born May 31st 1978) studied at the Rajchamongkol Institution, Pohchang Faculty, in Thailand where she now lives and works.
Aranya’s works highlight the temperament of a dark state of being. The characters she creates are creatures of her imagination, drawing out the daily emotions of life. So far, there are three series that she has created. Series 1: This series is the relationship between families, their poverty, and consequent sadness. She uses bold colours to add to their sense of mystery and ambiguity. Series 2: She takes children as her characters with a much softer tone than that of series 1. The colours are brighter, but some dark temperament still exists. Series 3: Women’s story series. This series represents her understanding of beauty. For Aranya, all objects have a dual character. Beauty is not always bright and happy; but rather, it also contains a deep sadness. Her use of dolls in this series highlights beauty’s darker persona.
During her career, this mid-career artist, who ranked second in the 2001 Young Artist Award of Thailand, has created three series, all of which touch on this theme and have an eerie, almost world-weary quality. The first was about kids and featured a fairly bright colour palette; the second was about woman and beauty. Or, rather, woman and the beautiful sort of sadness they are capable of. This series also introduces a common rope in her work, the use of dolls, and Aranya’s penchant for antique-style clothing (she previously did a two-year stint as a fashion designer). The third is a continuation of the style of series two, but is painted using oils rather than acrylics and has a softer tone.
After finding inspiration by flicking through fashion magazines, Aranya sketches her work on canvas and then adds colour.
Aranya has now gone on to greater heights after exhibiting all around the globe.