Where to Buy Cambodian
Art In this article you`ll find:
Interested in Cambodian art? First some short Khmer history!
Khmer Art already occurred during the Angkor period -- the Angkor Temples are proof of that!
Then during the Khmer Rouge rule (1975-1979), Cambodian culture was forbidden. The proof of Cambodian art was destroyed, meaning that the Khmer Rouge killed the artists in Cambodia -- approximately 90 % of them were slaughtered.
Some of the tradtional arts today are textiles, woodcarving, stone sculpture, painting and silverwork. And some of the art reflects the Cambodia of today.
How can we contribute?
Artists generally get income by selling their beautiful pieces to tourists and from painting commercial signs.
Where you can go and see Cambodian art?
Travelers who have gone to the Angkor Temples, have seen the art in Cambodia. When you're walking around the Angkor Park, you're witnessing the peak of Cambodia's art and architecture!
Every carving, every Apsara-dancer and every stone is part of the Cambodian art.
If you want to take it to a higher level, talented artists in Cambodia show different aspects of the Cambodian art, whether it's melancholic, or happy paintings! Artists who have been to the West, have mixed both Khmer and Western art-style. Names worth mentioning are Emmanuel Nhean and Monirith Chhea.
Cambodian Art --
Art Galleries I visited in Siem Reap
Asasax Art Gallery
Made by a Cambodian artist, you can see the Khmer culture displayed in beautiful contemporary paintings and sculptures, especially of Angkor.
The common theme in the paintings is the Angkor Temples, Apsaras and elephants. The artist has explained that colors are "necessary for human life" as "without color, people die" -- Ah! Couldn`t agree more!
If you consider to purchase a painting from this unique artist, I can tell you that the prices are stiff. But if I was a millionaire I would buy every painting and sculpture at Asasax. I love this kind of art work -- it expresses a combination of beauty and sadness, and the colors which are used are just amazing.
Don`t worry -- you don`t have to buy anything when you`re visiting Asasax. The gallery itself is still worth a visit, just because of the unique paintings!
|Asasax -- Angkor Wat -- Image credit: www.reyum.org||Asasax -- Elephants -- Image credit: www.reyum.org||Asasax -- Apsaras -- Image credit: andybrouwer.co.uk|
Happy Painting GalleryWhere: Pi Thnou street
A small shop/gallery with original comic-like paintings, made by a French artist, Stephane Delapree. He brings out the color and fun of Cambodia into his work of happy monks, happy people driving motor bikes, happy lovers, happy fishermen, happy cyclo drivers and their passengers and much more.
Did you know that in a 1995's letter, Norodom Sihanouk, former king of Cambodia, thanked Stephane for his contribution to the contemporary Cambodian art...?
You can also buy postcards, statues, t-shirts etc if you're interested :-)
|Image credit: happypainting.net||Image credit: flickr.com||Image credit: happypainting.net|
Colors of Cambodia
It's a project for children attending the most under privileged schools in the Siem Reap area. The staff helps the children by teaching them the skills of drawing and painting, helping students pursuing art as a career goal and supplying materials.
It was created by an artist, William Gentry.
Price: It starts from 3 USD
Me and my boyfriend bought two paintings for 24 USD, and it felt good giving something to the children :-) They're so talented!
Where: Not far from Red Piano, next to Murky Funky bar