“Sawasdee khrap”, my name is Prathoung Kamphat.
“I was born on 25 November 1963 in Chiang Mai, the second of four brothers in our family. My parents, who are tailors, helped us grow up in a warm family atmosphere where we love and support each other. My older brother teaches architecture in Bangkok and my youngest brother works with him as an engineer. Both are doing very well. My other brother has also done quite well running his own business. As for myself, I am happy to just paint and will continue to do so for this is what I really love.
“One of the early challenges I faced in my path as an artist came when I was a teenager. I had studied at pre-technical college in Chiang Mai City for three years but on the day of the final examinations to study at a higher level, I sat in front of a temple asking myself if I really wanted to be an electrician, a television repairman or something like that. My teachers said I could pass the exams easily but on that day I decided this was not for me.
“My teachers, parents and brothers all thought I was being unwise, saying that it was not easy to get into technical college and that I would be sure to find a job after graduation. None of them knew anything about art or that I loved it. It was a turning point in my life. Even though I had to go back and begin studying art with other students who were four to five years younger, I was very happy.
“After graduation, I worked as a painter improving my skills in the Chiang Mai night bazaar. It’s the kind of place where those who love art can go and hang out together and work. I ended up working there for 10 years and felt like a brother to the other artists there. In the end, I felt I had to stop and let someone else take my place.
“This was around 1992. At that time there was only one department store in the city. A few of my friends who were working there asked me to join them and work in the art department, which I did for a few months. It felt quite weird really. I had never worked for a salary and didn’t really feel that this was what I wanted to do. I was not surprised when the owners wanted to talk to me about my performance. It was fun working with friends but quitting was easy as the job wasn’t for me.
“I had more time to focus on my painting and submitted my work to quite a few art competitions. Knowing that people liked my work would make me happy.
“By 2002, my relationship with my wife could go no further and we decided to separate. Our two daughters stayed and studied in Chiang Mai until 2009, when they moved to the USA to stay with their mother. They seem to be doing well there and live happy lives. Life has been good for me too, especially after 2007 when I began to make quite good money. This helped me focus even more and paint whatever I liked.
“My work is always about the nature of change in time. Different objects represent changes in time and motion that we cannot stop.
“I grew up and live in Chiang Mai city and feel that this is where I will spend the rest of my days. I watch movement and change and feel one with it. Time passes but my love for art never changes. I remain focused on painting all the time and feel very happy to have so many people around me support me in what I love. I truly appreciate the good luck and opportunities I have here.
“Thank you to www.ezistock.com for displaying my work on line. I love my work and put my heart into it. I really appreciate it if you like it.”
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