As champagne and hors d’ouvre were being served, I stared at Savann Thav’s painting, ‘Flower Power Dyptique’, an acrylic on canvas, beautifully displayed at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra.
Savann Thav has been living and working in France for 39 years, and his work cunningly reflects his experiences in life with a sagacity of universality. Although the master painter was not in the Kingdom during the first day of his display, I was lucky enough to have conversed with Mr Nou Sary, a famous Cambodian artist and Savann Thav’s good friend; and Mr Jean Morel, a French event coordinator from Recreation, an art organisation that curated the exhibit.
Voûte Céleste or “Celestial Sphere” presents the stellar concept from antiquity, which defines the hemisphere above the observer, allowing to position the different stars in the sky and give precise coordinates. Savann Thav’s retrospective includes interesting abstract paintings, which condense his poetic vision of the world and a copy of his passions.
Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra made it a point to honour and promote artists like Savann Thav to encourage local talents to show off their arts to the Kingdom and to the world.
The exhibit is open for free from May to July.