A Modern Take on Childhood Toys Through Art

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PHNOM PENH, (Khmer Times) – His artwork will transport you to a galaxy far, far away. 34-year-old Thai artist and printmaker Jitti Jumnianwai’s latest exhibition “Robots” opened last night at cultural hotspot, Chinese House.
 
The owner of Chinese House, Antonio Lopez de Haro, first met Jumnianwai three years ago when he held an exhibition with the restaurant.
 
Two and half years later, Lopez de Haro traveled to Bangkok, serendipitously finding his way to Jumnianwai’s studio. He bought a new print and within a few months Jumnianwai had premiered his second exhibition (Robots) with Chinese House.
 
Jumnianwai’s inspiration comes from memories of childhood toys his father would buy for him.  Lopez de Haro spoke of the universality his work has– “a childlike” and endearing quality.
 
He said the artist’s theme inspired by the joy these toys gave him as a child has stayed the same, but a more mixed technique — acrylics and markers — are used this time around.
 
The 34-year-old Thailand native was born in the northern district of Lumpang. He studied there before entering the Fine Arts Faculty of Chiang Mai University, graduating in 2004.
 
He utilizes a technique known as dry point, which creates very detailed paintings, often requiring as many as seven layers before completion. 
 
Chinese House features new exhibitions every six weeks in their lounge Tepui, located on Sisowath Quay. The gallery-restaurant is open from 6pm to 11:30pm. 
 
Grab a drink and step back into childhood frivolity with Jumnianwai’s work.

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