Tuesday, June 1, 2010


The artist Chhim Sothy with the author at tonight's ehibition
Chhim Sothy's new exhibition, Beyond Abstract, that opened tonight at Meta House is one that exposes his contemporary ideas rather than his best known traditional paintings. One of the nicest guys around, Sothy has painted eighteen artworks ranging from Bayon faces to Sunset on the Tonle Sap and much in between. The style is mainly abstract, with strong acrylic brush strokes and a far cry from his acutely detailed paintings of the Ramayana, with prices ranging from $390 to nearly $2,000. I love a lot of his traditional work so I asked him where he got the inspiration for this new exhibits and his 'travels abroad, competitions and working with other artists' have inspired him to try new styles and concepts. Personally, I found much of the work to be a little too contemporary for my tastes, reminding me of the Krom Monster music concert of the night before. I like my music and my paintings to have more form and substance, generally speaking, so I prefer his conventional and familiar styles, though like the music students from last night, it's good to push oneself in new directions, stretch boundaries and to not always follow a tried and tested path. Visit Meta House and make up your own mind.
The boats in the foreground denote this painting as Fishing Village
Sunset on the Tonle Sap by artist Chhim Sothy
This is a Chhim Sothy tribute to the one of Angkor's iconic temples in Bayon Faces
Another of the 18 paintings by Chhim Sothy at tonight's exhibition
This painting is called Boeung Kak Lake in the Past



Anonymous Mike Krause said...

Thanks for that and the previous posts on him Andy. It's always the guys that have the 'classical chops' that are so good at expanding outward in other directions (such as his semi-abstracts).

As much as I absolutely love the Cambodian classical arts I'm very pleased that they are both preserving them ~and~ stretching out in other directions. Too many people forget that that's how the classical stuff came to being in the first place (it was new once...).

Being a huge fan of the pre-FR era Cambodian pop and rock music I've always loved the way they managed to combine so many influences (~many~ forms of latin music, psychedelic rock, jazz, pop, Cambodian folk forms, etc) and still have it come out uniquely Cambodian

please do keep any and all posts on the Cambodian arts scene coming Andy and thanks again.

June 3, 2010 at 11:28 AM  

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