Chiang Mai Secret - Vichit's Studio
Behind the main building, which runs perpendicular to the road, is a narrow, but long sculpture garden that looks out over an ever-changing landscape of rice fields with mountains in the background. Shaded by tall trees it is a quiet place for meditation among the art of both humans and Mother Nature. Every time I visit the view is different and one can really sense the earthbound rhythms which have given meaning to life in Thailand for so long, but which are becoming more and more difficult to find. Vichit usually joins me in the garden and delights in pointing out special plants, some of which have come from places distant from northern Thailand, or are unusual specimens of more common plants.
In addition to Vichit's beautiful and varied paintings (above and right) and found object sculptures, there are also works (below) by his friend and teacher, the late Uab Sanasen, sculptures by Steven Muthikul Jones, prints by Vorakorn Metmanorom, and photos by Angela Srisomwongwathana, among others. A grand piano in the studio gives mute testimony to the esteem given here to all the arts, and many of us are hoping for the reincarnation of the wonderful concerts and creative events formerly held at the Gong Dee Gallery. This is truly a very special and well-hidden Chiang Mai secret, but once found is not that difficult to find again, and again, and again. Call for directions, but remember that it's closed on Mondays: 053/392-733 www.vichitstudio.com
Labels: Angela Srisomwongwathana, art gallery, chiang mai, Gong Dee Gallery, painting, San Kamphaeng, sculpture, Steven Muthikul Jones, Uab Sanasen, Vichit Chaiwong, Vichit's Studio, Vorakorn Metmanorom