Watercolor on paper painting of the temples in Bangkok, perhaps the famous Wat Po, signed at lower left and dated 1963 by famous Thai National Artist CHALERM NAKIRAKS (1917-2002). This work, recently found in New York City, is in excellent condition. The measurements are 21" by 14 1/2" inside the mat opening, and 27 1/2" by 21" framed. Nakiraks is one of the major names of 20th century art in Thailand, having been named National Artist in 1988. He showed unusual promise as a youngster and went on to a distinguished career in oil and watercolor painting. In the early 1980's the artist was invited to California; at least one watercolor of Yosemite National Park is known. When Christie's opened an office, (though, briefly), in Bangkok, in 1999, several of the artist's works were sold above $2,000. Today, the Thai art market, never large, and geographically localized, consists of a handful of established galleries dealing with historical artists. An attempt at establishing an auction house in 2007, Bangkok Art Auction, did not succeed. This splintered market has likely led to less than optimal visibility and pricing of works of the country's best known artists such as Nakiraks. The market situation however should not be allowed to overshadow the quality of the art itself. This fine work should be reframed as the current frame is of poor quality, and there is no glass. This masterful watercolor is a gem of Thai art awaiting its new owner. Contact me to discuss shipping to Thailand.
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