Last night I braved the opening of the Melbourne Affordable Art Fair. There was work by Michael Schlitz, David Bromley and a bzillion other local and international artists. Melbourne art lovers were there in huge numbers. The opportunity to see more of Michael Schlizt work was pretty exciting. But just when sore feet had got the better of me, I happened upon Attasit Pokpong’s knockout work. As is always the case, these photos don’t do the work justice. The paint was rendered in such a way that at first glance I thought they were done with an air brush. But no, this incredibly skilled painter used dry brush technique to create the most delicate of delicate work. What you can’t see from these photos is the oh so delicate colours that make each of these faces memorable. It’s true, I’m in love once again. But affordable? Sadly not so. Understandable in this case, as Thai painter Attasit Pokpong has already made his name worldwide.
Attasit is represented in Melbourne by Tusk Gallery.
The Melbourne Affordable Art Fair is on today, Saturday and Sunday at the Exhibition Building in Nicholson Street, Melbourne. A word to the wise. It’s a marathon, wear comfy shoes.