<< 'Still-Life' is an oil painting of a vase of flowers by Dok Kem.
Through this, he said he was inspired to paint them.
“It's the power of the nature that draws itself through my hands,” he said in an interview after the opening ceremony of his first solo exhibition in Malaysia – ‘Return to Nature’ at Alpha Utara Gallery in Penang recently.
Believing that beauty is blooming everywhere around him, Dok Kem said the calmness through meditating helped him to reach the ‘ultimate truth in nature’.
”I started painting 10 years ago and I wanted to share with others what I see and feel about everything around me,” he said.
He added that he drew everywhere and anywhere with all techniques, including using his own fingers as paintbrushes.
“Ideas come to me spontaneously and continuously, and once I feel them, I can paint,” Dok Kem said, explaining that a big canvas painting would take him no longer than a few hours.
The 43 paintings exhibited, from flowers to Buddha, forest to the universe showed the clear and sharp mind of the painter, whose name itself ‘Dok Kem’ (a kind of flower) represents wisdom in Thai culture.