The artist Chhim Sothy with the author at tonight's ehibitionChhim 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
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