By Phatarawadee Phataranawik
The fundraising art auction will be held tomorrow starting at 1.30pm at Queen Sirikit Art Centre. Held by the “Art for Life” group founded by leading artists, collectors and businessmen, the auction is aimed at raising funds to construct a new Bt800-million emergency centre.
The “Chalerm Phrakiat HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn” emergency centre will be built at Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital. The hospital has been raising funds from hosting various events, including runs and concerts along with other donation campaigns that have so far earned more than Bt400 million.
Among the highlights is Chatchai Puipia’s 2018 oil painting “Kaewta Kwanjai” depicting the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX) and HM Queen Sirikit of King Rama IX which is set at Bt400,000.
The “Mercy Mission” is the first time the hospital has raised funds by hosting an art auction – and what an auction it promises to be, given it will be conducted by Yawanee Nirandara of Christie’s auction house.
Art lovers will find 23 works under the hammer by both leading and emerging Thai artists. Works range from vivid landscapes to portraits, and from semi-abstract sculptures to conceptual mixed media works. The price range is Bt50,000 to Bt400,000.
“We expect more than a hundred collectors, including Dr Kongkiat Opaswongkarn, the founding member of the group, to bid at the auction,” said artist Somsak Raksuwan who will also help conduct the auction. “We hope all works set to be fetched on Sunday’s auction total more than Bt5 million.”
Highlights include Chatchai Puipia’s 2018 oil painting, “Kaewta Kwanjai”, depicting the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX) and HRH the Queen Sirikit of King Rama IX, which is set at Bt400,000; Jakapan Vilasineekul’s semi-abstract bronze sculpture “Flora”, which is set at Bt300,000 and National Artist Ittipol Tangchalok’s 2010 abstract painting, which is set at Bt150,000.
Others are a portrait of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn created by young artist Keeyapat Katesawai, which is set at Bt70,000 and Imhathai Suwatthanasilp’s mixed media “Blue Sky Wings” depicting a butterfly made of human hair, which is set at Bt180,000.
Imhathai Suwatthanasilp’s mixed media “Blue Sky Wings” depicting a butterfly made of human hair is set at Bt180,000.