Pattaya: Touring Liam’s Art Gallery

As a tourist, most of us think of Pattaya as a place to lie on the sandy beach or to take a walk down Pattaya’s infamous Walking Street, but Pattaya has long been the home of a serious art gallery offering major international exhibitions, sales, and shows for local contemporary artists as well as for some traditional Thai artists as well. So for any visiting art-lover, then Liam’s Gallery is a must see.

Liam Ayudhkij is the owner of Liam’s Gallery, and he’s been collecting art here there for almost forty years. Liam is a forward-thinking kind of fellow, and believes in the value of contemporary Thai art, even though most others in the industry don’t. This phenomenon is well documented in the book “Flavours – Thai Contemporary Art” written by Steven Pettifor in 2010.

In his book, Steven writes on the craftsmanship of Thai contemporary art:

“I do see it elsewhere in Asia, so it’s not necessarily different but there are different kinds of crafts that are brought into Thai art. Chusak Srikwan uses shadow puppetry, but he does things like modern politicians and symbols of corruption. Montri Toemsombat has used silk weaving and silk crafting in the past. There’s this attention to craft…”

And at Liam’s gallery, you can find the works of Chusak Srikwan as well as Montri Toemsombat and dozens of other contemporary artists who take their craft very, very seriously.

And with the interest in Thai contemporary artwork now on the rise, especially after the opening of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) a few years back, Liam’s Gallery has been the place to see what’s new and happening on the scene – from a national as well as local perspective.

Take for example, Andrew Groffman’s work that depicts local Pattayian portraits as you would find them: hanging out chatting with farangs, sleeping seductively in bed, or getting a quick bite to eat on the street. Andrew seems to specialize in Pattaya’s working girl, and has produced some stunning pop art portraits of beautiful behinds and bellies lit by the rising sunshine of the morning after.

Another interesting artist at Liam’s that predominately displays other parts of the human anatomy is Douglas Simonson, and his collection of Male Nude Prints. Simonson is one of Hawaii’s most famous of contemporary authors and artists, and this collection is quite revealing. And since Simonson does not have a gallery of his own, seeing his work at Liam’s is very convenient for anyone interested in buying or appreciating some leading male erotica.

But not all works at Liam’s Gallery is as titillating; the gallery tries to showcase new and emerging Thai artists such as Asawinnee Wanjing, who takes inkjet printouts of traditional Thai images and hand touches them using a process called Giclee.

Another example of an emerging Thai artist showcased at Liam’s is Danaiphat Lersputtitrakan, whose arresting acrylics on canvas have won him numerous awards both in Thailand and in the UAE. His series of odd misshapened heads is reminiscent of a Salvador Dali or more recently, Anastasiya Markovich’s work (from the Ukraine).

And Liam’s does not leave out local expat painters like Doris Kraushaar, who has been in Thailand since 1985 and drawing like wild with shows all over the country. Her pastels on paper can be both erotic and disturbing, all at the same time.

Some other rare gems at Liam’s include a unique set of signed Copper plate engravings by David Hockney, dating back to 1966, when man-on-man love was a thing of notable taboo.

So in short, any art-loving tourist will find much to see at Liam’s…and here are the location and contact details:

Located just off Thappraya Road heading towards the Varuna Yacht Club and the Asia Hotel, on Soi 4 opposite Cabbages and Condoms. The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm. For more info, call 66-0-38 25 18 08 or see liamsgallery.com.

Find Great Art and Relaxation in Kangaroo Valley NSW

Kangaroo Valley is located along the Kangaroo River. It is a small, artistic community with very limited business activity. If you are interested in finding great arts and crafts, restaurants and cafes and other activities, Kangaroo Valley is the place for you. No matter whether you are a couple looking for a quaint and out of the way love-nest or you are a family that prefers to find quieter places to relearn about each other, you can find the right atmosphere and accommodations here.

Far From the Maddening Crowds
Although there are many arts and crafts outlets, art galleries, restaurants and cafes, there are not a lot of other businesses in Kangaroo Valley. There is a bowling alley here and a single hotel. In addition, there is one grocery store, two real estate agents and a full-time doctor to care for residents and visitors. There is a pharmacy for medications and other medical needs and one ambulance station for emergencies. The doctor visits the ambulance station one time per week.

The area is a tourist area, but of the offbeat variety. There are no huge glittering stores here, only boutiques and art galleries that allow for a far slower pace, which lets you relax and really pay attention to what is going on. There are no traffic lights at all in Kangaroo Valley and the tourist bureau is working hard to make the area a completely carbon neutral tourist destination.

Come for the Festival
Kangaroo Valley, as a major arts center in the New South Wales area, hosts a bi-annual arts festival, which began in the area in 2007. While arts are the major focus of the festival, they are not the only attraction, and music is also featured at the festival here.

The Shopping
There are a number of beautiful antique, arts and crafts and sweet treat shops located here as well. You can find art in the art galleries or the perfect houseware in one of the other little shops. In addition, for all of the booklovers in your group, a visit to Berkelouw’s Book Barn and Café is in order, with over 200,000 secondhand and rare books to be bought. You can also curl up near the fire and read your choices while you are sipping coffee and eating the homemade cakes.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!
There are more than a few places to eat in Kangaroo Valley and you are sure to find one that fits your tastes and palate perfectly. Whether you need just a simple snack, a decadent dessert or a full gourmet meal, you can find just the right place to suit you. For the wine lover, there are a number of local wineries that create a variety of beautiful wines to sample and enjoy.

In addition, Kangaroo Valley is a favorite place for weddings because of the beautiful, natural scenery and quiet, untouched splendor of the area.

10 Best Ways for an Artist to Get Art Exhibited

When an artist has completed a project or series of pieces it is natural and necessary to show them. It is natural to want to share the realization of any vision with the like-minded – or visual-others who can share that vision. It is necessary because the artist needs to know who they are reaching and what parts of their message or vision are being experienced by those visual-others. Establishing oneself in the arts community is dependent on this process. Gaining sales and or representation also begins with exhibition.

Exhibiting art works for the unknown or “unconnected” artist is difficult, to say the least. There are several reasons for this. First of all almost any venue for exhibition is inundated with requests for
shows. Exhibition venues like galleries and museums can usually choose from not only the very best artists available, they can chose from the wealthy and the “connected” artists.

An artist who is connected has relatives or friends who sit on arts organization boards or arts group councils or own galleries or write on the arts for prestigious publications. Connected artists may know this
or that head of an art institute or university art, or they have already been invested in by galleries and collectors who have real “pull.” This is a reality in almost every field. Donations from the wealthy tend to
come with expectations, grants with certain limitations, etc. It’s not a good to talk about this because exhibiting artists like to feel that they have been recognized for the strength of their work, and they want
the public to believe this too.

So where does that leave the new and unconnected artist who wants to exhibit? In the rear of a very slow line. This can be especially disheartening for the artist and most savvy viewers who see public and private wealth thrown at questionable or abjectly pathetic art – usually in the name of educating the public to what is a revolutionary art form or style.

So, Contemporary Art Gallery Magazine offers this list of The 10 Best Ways to Get Your Art Exhibited. The list is composed specifically for the new or unconnected artist – but is happily shared with the older and
more connected not afraid to be creative in getting exhibited.

1) Local Charity and Benefit Auctions – You must donate a work of art to do this, but you should do it in such a way that it let’s viewers know who you are, and what you do, and where they can see more of your
work. Be aware that even these charity auctions can be political – as to where your work appears, or gets hidden, or is written or spoken of.

2) Garden Shows and Home shows – You must contact the person setting up these shows to discuss if and how your work can be shown, protected, or sold.

3) Retail Businesses – You talk with the owner or manager about placing you work in their spaces with contact information to your studio.

4) Restaurants and Bistros – The owner or manager may have concerns about decor, so listen up, but many cafe’s and bars like a change of scenery for their clientele.

5) Boutiques and Salons – This venue can be similar to other retail businesses with concerns for decor, but the customers of these kinds of businesses tend to be interested in art and they usually have disposable income.

6) Empty Storefront or Mall Rental Space – If you clear it with the owner or manager you can put on an event that draws attention to a space that needs to be rented – just put in your exhibit for 3 hours or
3 months, depending on the situation.

7) Restaurant Meeting – Send your email and art postcard invitations to prospective buyers to meet at a casual restaurant to see your latest work, here your brief lecture, eat together, get their invitations
autographed, discuss your next project, buy . . .

8) School Exhibit – If you can’t get a college, then talk to a highschool about a short exhibition and talk with students interested in art. Ask the art teacher or art department.

9) Form an art club or association – You can split the costs of a rental space at a major hotel or resort at a time when it will be full of rich guests who can follow the signs to your exhibit and mingle with your invited viewers.

10) Art Fairs – Fill out the forms and submit images, then show up in your space or booth – just follow the rules of the fair. Look at art fairs and talk to art fair participant artists for tips on how, where, when.

Contemporary Art Gallery Magazine is well aware that not every good artist can get the best exhibition venues. We hope these will help you get started – and we offer more information at

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  • Tips on Buying Inuit Art As an Investment

    First, buy contemporary art. Some of the older carvings can be a good investment only if you are sure that they will increase in value over time. The thing is they are already old and expensive, so they won’t grow in price as much as contemporary art. On top of that, there are many old Inuit carvings that simply don’t worth anything, you really have to be an expert in older Inuit art to buy it or you are at a huge risk of overpaying. With contemporary art, there are comparison, so you can check similar carvings by the same Inuit artists at different galleries and make sure you are paying a fair value.
    The best place to shop for Inuit art is online Inuit art galleries. You will see that prices at online galleries are lower than at brick and mortar galleries. Actual stores have to pay rent, utilities, employees’ salaries and they have to mark up their prices a lot. Online Inuit art galleries buy sculptures directly from the artist and don’t have any additional expenses, they are just a middle man between you and the artist.

    You may be curious to find out if there is a way to eliminate any middle men and buy Inuit art directly from the artists. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy, virtually impossible. You would have to go to a Canadian northern community yourself. You cannot drive, there are no roads, the only way to get there is by airplane. The airplane ticket alone will cost you at least 2,000 dollars. Now, once you arrive to Cape Dorset, Sanikiluaq or any other Inuit community, you need to rent a room in a hotel, that would cost you 200 dollars a night. Then you would have to rent a truck because there is no public transportation, you would have to eat something and food is expensive too. And even after all these expenses there is no guarantee that you will find any carvings to buy. There are times when Inuit communities are completely dry, carvings wise, because it’s not a season or somebody else just bought everything before you. The best time to go on a carving adventure is in fall, because Inuit artists get their stone in late spring and summer and there are usually many carvings for sale by fall season. The worst time to travel would be in early spring, you are at a high risk of not finding any carvings for sale.

    Another tip is to look for well known artists. Buy Inuit art by internationally recognized carvers like Nuna Parr, Jimmy Iqaluq or Paul Kavik. Although their art is already quite pricey, you can be sure that it will appreciate over time even more, especially when they retire from the trade. There are many younger artists whose art is much less expensive than art from master carvers, but it may be a better investment opportunity to purchase from them. For example, if you acquire a dancing bear by Noo Atsiaq, who is a younger promising artist, you will pay only a fraction of the price as compared to Nuna Parr’s bear. However, in only about ten years Noo Atsiaq will be as famous if not more as Nuna Parr, and you will be able to get a good return on your investment.

    One last thing, make sure you like what you are buying, After all, Inuit carvings, as any art, are all about perception. If people don’t like the particular Inuit sculpture, no matter how famous the Inuit artist is, you will have a hard time selling his carving for big profit.

    Gallery Browsers – Enjoying Your Visit

    Many people seem to feel a bit intimidated by art galleries. The private (commercial) kind, that is. Sure, in a big public art museum, you know to speak softly. You know not to eat, drink, or use a camera with a flash bulb. You must not touch the paintings. You should not get close enough to breathe on them. Still, you can feel safely un-noticed among the crowd. Even the museum guards seem benign, there simply to tell you how to find the elevators or the nearest restroom.

    But a private gallery seems to raise all kinds of nervousness. Some people lurk in the doorway, ready to bolt if the gallery staff make a move in their direction. Some answer a Good Morning smile from the gallery person with an apologetic ‘I’m only looking.’ Sometimes the refrain is uttered in a defensive tone that clearly translates as ‘Don’t think you can pressure me into buying anything.’ Some folk, bless their hearts, ask ‘Is there an admission charge?’

    You would not do any of those things in any other kind of shop. And no matter how lavish its furnishings, how celebrated its artists or rarefied their price tags, however chic and haughty its staff may seem – it is only a shop. Its business is to sell artworks, and you are a potential customer. If not today, then perhaps some future day. So, just relax and enjoy your visit. Looking costs you nothing. And any gallery person who comes on like The Dragon Lady is a fool, as well as rude. Let me tell you a true story, with a happy ending, that shows the wisdom of the old saying: ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover.’ It happened on a Friday when a friend was visiting me at the gallery. We watched a chap hesitate in the doorway. I called out to let him know he was welcome to come in.

    ‘I’m a bit grubby. Been working in the yard.’ He gestured at his clothing: battered baseball cap, well-worn tee shirt over mud-splattered denim shorts, rubber thongs. I told him that the paintings wouldn’t even notice, then left him to browse until he made it clear he had some queries. For nearly an hour, I answered his intelligent questions, told him the stories behind each painting, and enjoyed discussing our shared interest in Australian history.

    After he had left, my friend wore a bemused expression as he said: I will never know why you spend so much time on people like that.’ In reply to my question, he answered: ‘Well, you know. Dressed like that. Obviously he cannot buy one of your paintings.’ This is a man who is innately kind and tolerant but is always trying to get me to take a more ‘businesslike’ attitude.

    A bit miffed, I countered that if I had to calculate whether a visitor was ‘worth’ my spending time on, I would never be able to enjoy my day in the gallery. ‘Anyway,’ I snapped, ‘in my experience, artists could starve if they relied on the people who look as if they were buyers.’ In fact, they were the reason I stopped giving opening night galas in the days when I exhibited other artists.

    They used to arrive loaded with gold chains and flashing their diamonds – and that was only the men! – breathlessly announcing the Volvo or Beamer (it was never just ‘the car’) was double- parked outside. They would stay long enough to make sure that the press photographer had snapped them and got their names right. Then they were off. To the next party, no doubt. I had found my real collectors are solid, self-made people who had earned their wealth and feel no need to impress others. They want quality and know it when they see it.

    So, as you can imagine, it was hard for me to resist being smug when my friend returned later that day, to hear I had received a phone call from the wife of the ‘grubby’ visitor. She said he had come home ‘raving’ about one of the paintings and she wanted to buy it as a surprise for him. He would be flying out on business the next day, so the earliest she could come in to the gallery was 10am Monday, after she had seen him off. Was there any way I would hold the painting for her? I promised to put a red sticker on it right away.

    At exactly 10am Monday, she was there with cheque book in hand. Only then did we discover that this unpretentious pair owned a multi-million dollar business that made headlines in the local newspaper when they had recently sold it. © Dorothy Gauvin