Large impressionist oil on canvas of a fishing village in coastal Thailand, 28" by 34" and 36" by 42" with frame, signed at lower right center and again on reverse, where it is dated 1973, by the noted Thai impressionist painter, SUJARIT HIRANKUL (1936-1982). The painting came recently from the Malibu estate of widely known, world-traveling UCLA physiology/bioengineering professor and popular author Dr. Valerie Hunt (1916-2014)----and it bears her name on the stretcher, probably written at the time she purchased the art from Bangkok's prestigious Raja Gallery. Google her Hirankul's paintings have sold at Christie's auction in Thailand, and through a number of auction houses in the United States. His style is instantly recognizable; most often painted with a palette knife and very, very thick application of paint, which is heavily textured and three-dimensional (making for a painting that is literally heavy). He often worked small sheets of gold foil into his works, and that technique is also visible in this example (see image). Sujarit was born in 1936 and died young in his 50's. He pursued art from an early age, and in later years was renowned in Thailand as a teacher. He worked in the western style, utilizing shading and perspective, which was not present in most Thai traditional art. Hirankul's paintings of canals, houses and villages, with their colorful and masterful application of rich color, appealed to many tourists passing through Bangkok. A disproportionate number of the works have shown up in the United States---and a number of copies and fakes have appeared on the market. This painting with impeccable provenance is in perfect original condition and comes with the original Raja Gallery (Oriental Hotel) paperwork. Overall, this is a most impressive modern Asian painting.
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