It seems like there are towering skyscrapers going up on every corner in Bangkok. The city is transforming into a shiny, modern, vertiginous metropolis. Some fear that the city is losing it’s character. I’m not so sure. Whilst the city may becoming more visually akin to other modern Asian cities, the Thai people and culture remain unique, distinct and intriguing. Those towering skyscrapers still have spirit houses at their entrances, at which people offer treats to the spirits, before they take the elevator to run global capitalism.
It’s this contrast of the traditional and the modern, of rational and intuitive, of empiricist and aesthetic that I see so often in Thailand, and that I love so much. That’s where this painting comes from.
Daniel, Bangkok Dec 2016