Thursday, October 9, 2008

Reyum riot of colour

Hen Sophal brings King Jayavarman VII to life in this portrait
A splash of colour was unveiled at Reyum Gallery on Street 178 tonight with the launch of an exhibition of twelve Cambodian artists under the title, Through Our Eyes. All of the artists have an association with Reyum and have exhibited before. Their new creations are an examination of the present, coloured by the past and influenced by the future. Over thirty paintings line the walls of the gallery, offering differing styles and formats, from impressionism to traditional subjects. The twelve artists represented in the exhibition include Hen Sophal, whose studio is four doors away from Reyum, and others like Chhim Sothy, Chan Lay Heng, Chhoeun Rithy, Tum Sarenm and Duong Saree. The exhibits will remain on show until early November. Get along and see the talent that Cambodia has to offer. The opening night saw a crush of people, mostly Khmer, visiting the exhibition, including many schoolchildren.
A modern market scene titled Beggar by Hen Sophal
Gritty realism by Tum Saren, called Domestic Violence, one of 4 Saren paintings on show
A riot of abstract colour called Pchum Ben by Chan Lay Heng
A traditional scene called Life Along The River by Chhoeun Rithy
Detail of a painting by Duong Saree which is called Moving House
A typical Chhim Sothy painting, called Cultural Memory, showing the fight between good and evil

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