About the artwork
‘Dry Sedges Grass In Summer Time’ is a unique and charming painting by Somnuk Wongpoomchai. The artwork was composed of brush strokes, subtle contrast of color, and unique brush techniques which make it seem like it’s moving! The aligning sedges with the natural dry green and dry yellow tones hold the entire piece together flawlessly and smoothly!
Sedge is a grasslike plant with triangular stems and inconspicuous flowers, growing typically in wet ground. We can easily find it all around Thailand due to the tropical humid weather make the Sedges easily grow all over the country. Moreover, Sedges has more than 4000 species all over the world, and people have been using sedge for the craftwork since pre-history. Because it can be found easily, Sedges have been in many paintings of famous artist, especially Impressionist. The movement of sedges when the wind blows can make us feel pleasant, many of the artists want to capture its movement on their artwork.
Get to know Artist
Somnuk Wongpoomchai also known as Tee was born and living in Thailand. He has graduated with his bachelor’s degree in the Fine Art Department from Popchant Institute Rajamangala institute of technology. His inspiration for Art, started when he was working in a Gallery after his graduation. At that time, he didn’t know what exactly was his style until his potential artwork caught the owner of the gallery’s eyes. After the owner’s suggestion, he started to paint in an impressionist style, and it has become his own favorite style since then.
Finding his own unique way wasn’t easy and took time. He has been using the brush for all of his teenage life until once there was a group exhibition where his friend and he exhibited their artworks together. Back then not so many artists in Thailand used the trowel. As his artworks are impressionist, which needs to capture the environmental light and the speed of movement of nature and using a brush didn’t match his speed, so his friends suggest he try using the trowel which later on becomes his painting technique and has made his artwork unique in his own style!!
Impressionism in his blood
His artworks mostly try to make connections and capture intensely felt moments of nature in front of his eyes to express his impression of nature in each painting. Somnuk has been painting for almost 20 years and has refined his technique to create his own unique style of impressionism utilizing the trowel.
Get to know a bit of Impressionism
Impressionism was a radical art movement that originated in the late 1800s, centered primarily around Parisian painters such as “Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir” Impressionists rejected against classical subject in favor of modernism, seeking to produce works that mirrored their surroundings. Uniting them was a focus on how light could define a moment in time, with color providing definition instead of black lines. ‘Plein Air’ is the word for how we could emphasize how Impressionists practice their artwork. ‘Plein Air’ means ‘Outdoor’ in English. Most impressionist artists paint their works outside of the building or room where they can see and feel the nature around them and capture them in the paintings. This also makes the impressionist different from Renaissance or classical period which mostly painted indoors!
In conclusion, the Impressionists focused on capturing the movement of life, or quick moments captured as if by the snapshot. The representation of light and its changing qualities were of the utmost importance. Ordinary subject matter and unusual visual angles were also important elements of Impressionist works.
- Exhibition Group show in 2004 at AMARI Hotel
- Exhibition Group show 2005 organized by LALANTA ART ROOM at amarin plaza
- Exhibition Group show 2006 organized by LALANTA ART ROOM at lalanta gallery Silom Road
- Participate in art exhibition 2007 with independent artists at SIROM GALLERY
- Exhibition Group Show 2008 at AMARI Hotel 2nd time
- Join the art exhibition in 2021 with independent artists at the Queen Sirikit Art Gallery, Phan Fa Road.