WHEN a picture speaks louder than words, many emerging artists in the Kingdom have chosen drawing and painting in order to express their opinions.
Local artist Mr. Long Lavy opened his solo exhibition last Thursday at the House of Scott here, in collaboration with Siem Reap-based Open Studio Cambodia.
“I don’t do art,” says photo-journalist George Nickels, despite his photos appearing in several international exhibitions where his stark documentary-style photography has been critiqued as imbued with artistic sensibility.
It is not uncommon to say that art skills cannot generate enough income for the artist or artiste to make a living. Many are of the opinion that an artiste must be either deeply skilled in their field of arts, well-known in their specific art form or juggle a non-art related job, in order to make enough money to sustain.
Originally hailing from Pursat province, Mr Long Lavy has always been fond of drawing the landscape of nature since he was 9, and he particularly loved drawing trees. With no formal art education, Mr Lavy held a pencil in his hand and ambitiously dreamed of becoming a renowned artist.
In Cambodia’s traditional performing art scene, many masters are struggling to pass their skills to the next generation. No one seems to show genuine interest in the performance art.
Like all the other art forms, Lakhorn Niyeay suffered during the wars. People were all trying to survive, leaving behind tradition, culture and religion. But even when peace was brought back, the fading art struggled to keep up.
Sbek Thom and Sbek Toch are the two main genres of the Khmer Shadow Theatre. The former is even featured on the list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2009.
It’s ‘springtime’ in Cambodia and art is blossoming all over Siem Reap, with the launch of two debut solo gallery exhibitions and the unveiling of an exciting new mural artist working in a local school.
Theam set aside his life in France and journeyed back to Cambodia – a place he once fled from for more than a decade. He got reunited with those he had left behind and took part in rebuilding the country through his arts.
During her childhood, Sao Sreymao hardly noticed her artistic talent because she usually received poor grades in art subjects. It is not that her paintings were bad; she just could not force herself to follow the specific topics given by her teachers.
Sad but true, passion for arts does not guarantee instant fame and wealth.
From Kampot, it goes on to the City of Temples with a long weekend of FAB shows and events including art exhibitions, film screening and concert.
For a month, Phnom Penhers will have the opportunity to see the atypically stunning artworks by ‘Homeless’ – a group of 3 young Cambodian artists – in their first collective exhibition ‘I Don’t Belong Here’, at the newly opened Bong the Gallery.
Within minutes, red lotuses and green leaves were showing up on a large sheet of white paper under the hand of a well-groomed Chinese painter, overlooked by his compatriots and Vietnamese counterparts.
Only bad girls have tattoos, is the common notion in Cambodia. Does that explain why there is a dearth of female tattoo artists in the country? Anith Adilah Othman tries to answer this gender-sensitive question.
Siem Reap art lovers will find that all their Christmases have come at once in the next few days, thanks to cultural treats such as the Angkor Photo Festival, an exhibition of international press photos hosted by Mirage Contemporary Art Space.
Leather carving and shadow puppetry have been part of Cambodian culture for thousands of years. Performances used to transpire across the Kingdom regularly, with some performers even going abroad to showcase the art.
Is your school organising socially-relevant events and competitions? Do you want to share your perspective on issues about youth, education, art or anything that may interest other young Cambodians?
I was in Taiwan three years ago. I travelled around the streets of Taipei, taking a peek at every corner, every store, every human being I passed by. I saw how the day started and how it ended in the modern metropolis.
We’re halfway through October which means we’re halfway through Inktober, too. Thousands of art enthusiasts from every corner of the world have already taken their pens and brushes for their daily drawings.
Two talented groups showed and proved that traditional music, dance and art are not dead and will never die.
Adrienne Clarkson once said, “Each of us is carving a stone, erecting a column, or cutting a piece of stained glass in the construction of something much bigger than ourselves.”
“Open your I” takes its audience to an artistic journey of the often disregarded beauty and meaning of the daily life in Cambodia.
The tuk tuk’s warmed up and off we go, deep into the heart of Temple Town’s art and culture and artisanal boutique scene on what is dubbed ‘Siem Reap Art Tours.’
China has a cultural centre in Myanmar to promote bilateral cooperation.
This is street art – a kind of visual art that takes artworks outside traditional venues.
In the book “The War of Art”, all of these dilemmas are tackled and given focus on by professional writer, Steven Pressfield, who has been through all kinds of writing – from novels to screenplays.
Through the Cambodia Luxury Arts project and many other achievements, Heang Vattey has gained recognition as a successful woman entrepreneur in the arts and design sector.
Senior Chinese diplomat Song Tao will lead a Chinese art troupe to North Korea.