Evolving Insights

Pitchanan Saayopoua fashions random abstract expressions into intense depictions of the female form.

She’s a Bangkok-based portrait and figurative painter who received her formal art training from The Academy of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Russia, and later from the ateliers of The Art Students League of New York and The National Academy. Despite these academic credentials, Pitchanan is more street-cred than classroom in her creative approach to painting her extraordinary series of portraits. The starting point of each one is experimental abstract shapes built up in oils on canvas, which eventually mix, meld and deepen to become the foundations of the portrait’s form.  I love to explore the qualities of paint and spontaneous creation of images, she says. I find I can express my feelings freely by experimenting with abstract shapes first. And from there, the ideas and images start to emerge. The main concept of my work is about transformation – to transform an existing image into a new one.

Pitchanan sets the tone of each work by starting off with a process of layering abstract shapes on her canvas. These shapes are created with a paintbrush or palette knife, sometimes by scraping and stamping, and sometimes just by happy chance. Layers and layers are built up in this painstaking procedure that can take her weeks to complete, before all the abstractions are ready to be evolved into the next stage of creativity.

Pitchanan sets the tone of each work by starting off with a process of layering abstract shapes on her canvas. These shapes are created with a paintbrush or palette knife, sometimes by scraping and stamping, and sometimes just by happy chance. Layers and layers are built up in this painstaking procedure that can take her weeks to complete, before all the abstractions are ready to be evolved into the next stage of creativity.

It’s all a spontaneous and experimental process. After that, to express the idea or emotion I want to convey, I put on another layer of portrait or figurative images as if they emerge from or dissolve into those original abstract images. My source of inspiration can be many things; from my past memories or the impressions I had with some people. To me, painting is a way to understand myself and to explore and express my feelings. Sometimes it’s like keeping a diary that only I know the story of. When I paint I don’t want to tell the whole story, only an emotion or impression I try to convey through the images of female portraits and figures. I love painting women. I am in a female body myself, so it’s a subject that is close to me and I understand it well.

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