Nimsamer, Chalood (1929--) By Mukdamanee, Vichaya
Beginning his career in the 1950s, Chalood Nimsamer became one of the most influential contemporary Thai artists. Recognized as a Thai national artist in 1998, Chalood is also a distinguished senior professor who helped develop Thai traditional art in the context of modernism. Most of his work portrays the relationship between local Thai culture and the traditional spirit of Thai people. The variety of his artistic forms, including drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, and installation, represent simplicity and calmness, which the artist claims is a unique characteristic of Eastern culture. His fine, delicate drawing lines and gentle colors reflect the love and generosity of rural society. Chalood first gained recognition in the Thai art scene with his early series of tempera paintings, oil paintings, and wood cuts, in which he was inspired by the images of rural women in their daily life. The artist used techniques found in traditional Thai art—organic shapes, vivid colors, and gold leaf—to portray the simple life of Thai people. As a result of these works, including Thai Farmers (1955) and Songkran (1956), Chalood received many awards from the National Art Competition and eventually gained the title of an artist of distinction (in the field of painting) in 1959.