Elephant art to raise the spirits and free the mind

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 December, 2008, 12:00am

Flying elephants might be a common link but the creatures depicted in the paintings of Thai artist Supachet Bhumakarn are a long way from the young hero of the Disney animation Dumbo.

'Elephant Can Talk' is the first exhibition by rising star Bhumakarn. Forty of his paintings will be on display at Gallery by the Harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui, in collaboration with Metta Fine Arts.

Elephants are the national animal of Thailand and the 30-year-old artist has been painting these gentle giants for six years. He believes the colourful portraits represent the voice of his heart.

Bhumakarn adds: 'It's about finding freedom and peace in my mind ... people meditate to achieve a peaceful mind and my artwork also conveys that.'

Highlighted pieces include Fly Fly Fly - in which an elephant serenely cruises over trees, flowers and birds.

Bhumakarn's elephant paintings are rich in colour and movement. In Fly Fly Fly, the red, confident elephant is in strong contrast to the soft, delicate natural elements in the background, so that in the midst of the movement and stillness, come harmony and peace. 'Elephant Can Talk' runs until December 17