Home in the Garden 1 | Niwat Chootoun

$ 4,800.00

Chootoun perfectly portrays a traditional lifestyle of Thai people in the South. The nature that we connect and meet every day is full of beauty and interesting stories. It creates impressive feelings that guide Chootoun’s creative imaginations. He presents a home of local people in the garden where we can easily capture the rubber plants. It reflected the simple lifestyles of rural society and people’s way of life.

Technique : Acrylic on canvas
Style : Contemporary
Year created : 2020
Size : 120 W x 150 H x 4 D cm
Frame : Not framed

Niwat Chootoun is a contemporary artist from Nakorn Sri Thammarat, the South of Thailand. He is an award winner from numerous national stages and has been exhibited his artworks both in solo and group exhibitions.


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About the artwork

Chootoun has been accustomed to the southern way of life from his childhood to present. This further leads to his love and connection with the culture as well as the nature. The Southern lifestyle has indicated the ethnological identity that has the hidden beauty which dominated spiritual living created by humans and nature.

Thainess and local identity are presented in Chootoun’s work, such as the design of the house, appliances that local people use, cultural traditions including habit of sufficiency living. Simplicity of the idea that we live, depend, and respect for nature. It has stimulated feelings and memories in the deep consciousness and is a tool that molds the artist to create love and relationship with nature into the artwork.

The hidden abstraction in the painting

The abstraction here does not refer to a painting that cannot be described but it is rather a feeling when the audience views his painting. Chootoun’s work can immediately indicate what it is. Only what is hidden is a warm feeling that attracts the audience. It is as though we are getting closer to an ideal life, even though we may not have experienced it before or they are just our thoughts.

Rubber plantation and the local lifestyle

Thailand is one of the largest rubber producing countries, with rubber production most prevalent in the southern part of the country. This is because the climatic condition is favorable for rubber cultivation in the country. Most people in the southern part of Thailand do a rubber tapping for living, while some people are hired for rubber tapping work, and some have their own rubber plantations. So, there are many houses of people that are located in the rubber plantation areas.

Get to know the artist

Niwat Chootoun is a Thai contemporary artist. He graduated a bachelor’s degree with the 2nd class honors and graduated a master’s degree from the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University. Chootoun participated in numerous exhibitions, both solo and group exhibitions. He also participated in the national stage contests and received many awards, such as the Painting Contest in Honor of His Majesty the King in 2011, the Best Award for “Golden Brush”, the Bua Luang Painting Contest which he received the 1st gold medal in 2011 and the 3rd bronze medal 3 times in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

In the beginning, Niwat Chootoun was inspired by Ajarn Damrong Wong-Uparaj, a national artist, that was a model of his painting. He discovered a technique for creating a thatched roof surface. By bringing dry grass to drag over the canvas to create traces while the color is still damp. This is a truly unique technique that makes Chootoun’s work unique and simple, yet beautiful.

Chootoun also uses a bird’s eye painting method which is the basis of Thai art painting. He uses neutral tones like brown and gray to convey a story through unmoving objects without characters, such as a hut on the surface of the water free from the movement of water or wind.  What is interesting is the details of the parts shown in the house, for example he presents the character of the house under the high ground. There is a wall covering that is polished and woven using bamboo. There is a terrace that sticks out and located above the water surface. It implies to the fishery occupation of the residents. Fisherman is the occupation of most people who live in the southern region which is the birthplace of Chootoun.

The painting also tells about the routines of people living in the house such as various types of appliances or materials. It is characterized by hanging from the wall or ceiling. Some of his artworks also have a dove cage. These reflect the image of ordinary people living a simple life. Chootoun also left blank areas in the background of the painting without showing details to help relax and catch the eye of the audiences to highlight the house. It is a technique of storytelling by arranging artistic elements that use the direction of the people’s path towards the house as a line of sight.

By viewing through his artwork, the audiences can recognize the value of folk wisdom in its tradition, ritual, belief, language, occupation, unity, and the simple way of life in Thai rural lifestyle that still carry on its characteristic during the globalization. As Chootoun believes in the basis of life in which people will still seek for peace and ability to rely on each other.



– Art and Craft Nakhon Si Thammarat Vocational School

– B.F.A. (2nd Class Honor, Thai Art) Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University

– M.F.A.(Thai Arts) , Silpakorn University


2002 – 1st Prize, Drawing Category (Vocational level) ,23rd Art & Craft Exhibition

2003 – 2nd Prize, Drawing Category (Vocational level) ,23rd Art & Craft Exhibition
– 1st Prize, Portrait Drawing Category , 15th the Regional Academic Professional Conference, Southern Region, Thailand

2007 – 2nd Prize, Painting Category, Thai Literature Conversation Contest, Shin Corporation PCL., Bangkok
– UOB Honorable Award in Painting Contest “UOB Painting of the Year”

2008 – 2nd Prize, 4th Amata Art Award, Bangkok

2009 – 3rdPrize, Bua Luang Bronze Medal, Contemporary Painting Category, 31st Bua Luang Painting Exhibition, Bangkok Bank Foundation

2010 – 3rd Prize, Bua Luang Bronze Medal, Contemporary Painting Category, 32nd Bua luang Painting Exhibition, Bangkok Bank Foundation
– 1st Prize, Office of Contemporary Art And Culture , Ministry Of Culture from 56th National Art Exhibition
– Outstanding Award, 22nd Toshiba “Brings Good Things to Life” Art Competition 2011
– 1st Prize, Bua Luang Gold Medal, Contemporary Painting Category, 33rd Bua Luang Painting Exhibition, Bangkok Bank Foundation
– 2nd Prize, Krungthai Bank Support from 57th National Art Exhibition
– Golden Paintbrush Grand Prix Award, Kasikorn Bank Golden Paintbrush Painting Competition in the Celebrations on the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King’s 84th Birthday Anniversary 5th December 2011

2012 – 3rd Prize, Bua Luang Bronze Medal, Contemporary Painting

2013 – Honorable Prize, The 2nd White Elephant Art Award By Thai Beverage Public Company Limited.

2014 – Excellent Award, The 3rd White Elephant Art Award By Thai Beverage Public Company Limited.

2015 – 3rd Prize, “Krungthai Art Awards”


Solo Exhibition

2013 – “The Reflection of Life” Art Exhibition at The Gallery, 36th floor Pullman Bangkok G Hotel

2017 – Solo exhibition “The Southern House” at The Queen’s Gallery

Group Exhibition

2005 – Participated in the photo exhibition “Wannarit”

2007 – Participated in the painting contest in honor of His Majesty the King on the auspicious occasion of His Majesty’s 80th birthday
– Participated in a painting exhibition “มองสิงห์ผ่านศิลป์” Boon Rawd Brewery

2008 – Participated in painting exhibitions “Silpa Bhirasri’s Day”
– Participated in the exhibition of landscape paintings at the Silpakorn University Library.

2009 – Thesis Art exhibitions
– ”Bua Kaew Samran Art Thai” Exhibition by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
– 24th PTT Contemporary Art Contest
– 26th Young Contemporary Art Competition

2010 – The 12th Panasonic Contemporary Painting Exhibition
– Group Exhibition “Thai Spiritual Image”
– “Thai Mentality Art Exhibition” by a group of graduate students Department of Thai Arts Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University

2012 – The 58th National Art Competition

2013 – The 35th Bua Luang Painting Exhibition

2015 – The 5th Anniversary of White Elephant Art Award Exhibition, Topic “Relationship and Love Inspired by Japan” by Thai Beverage Public Company Limited

Additional information

Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 150 × 120 × 4 cm