Consider this gallery review to be my confession that I visit art galleries mainly to take pictures of myself. I wouldn’t be able to tell a Monet from a Michelangelo and I think artists are a bit nuts. The opening night of “The World of Circulism” exhibition at the Kalwit Studio & Gallery did little to change my mind (sorry Sacha!) but I definitely learned a thing or two about art and found myself admiring the meticulous methods of painting circles with a toothpick or nail; Circulism.
Housed in Soi Ruamrudee, near the Wireless Road and BTS Ploenchit, the Kalwit Studio & Gallery is a small urban gallery that brings artists of various expertise together under one roof. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 o’clock in the morning to 6pm and will be hosting Sacha’s figurative art and still-life paintings until the 3rd of February 2019. With 38 years of experience and over 55 Solo and Group shows behind him, Sacha’s work can be found in both North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. There is no entry fee, but perhaps you will be inspired to purchase a little something for your living room.
Upon entering the gallery, we were greeted by a vibrant oil painting of horses and mountains with shades of greens and blues. To me, it looked like something out of a fairytale. I wouldn’t mind this in my house. As we wandered further, the fairytale turned slightly morbid and twisted, with the suffering bonsai that looked like anxiety on a canvas and a beautiful blue painting of a buried fetus. I wish I was kidding. Sacha’s depictions of people did not have fingers or toes. If I remember correctly, they are distinctively Middle Eastern in style. His images are like idealized specimen in a natural museum, vignettes of life displayed in comfortable picture-planes. They are both emblematic and decorative. Everything was beautiful. I appreciated the symmetry, the balanced shades of color in each piece, and found it fascinating that they were all painted with toothpicks.
We spent around one hour at the gallery, meeting friends both old and new. The creative community vibe was definitely present, as the people we met were artists of some kind. The most interesting of the bunch had to be Arti, an incredibly friendly dancer and poet who adds movement to writing and emotion to choreography.
The Kalwit Studio & Gallery is a must-visit for all lovers of art in Bangkok. They often showcase work that convey issues prevalent in today’s society and create social awareness through a variety of techniques such as surrealist painting, printmaking, street art and toy artwork. Their artists are both local and foreign. Consider it an opportunity to mingle with likeminded individuals for those with advanced artistic experience to exchange ideas, collaborate, and inspire. To experience the World of Circulism, drop by before the 3rd of February.