B. Thailand, 1917-1988
Thai Farmer’s Life
Signed “KID” on lower right
Signed and titled on the reverse
Oil on canvas, heightened with gold leaf
78.25 x 48.25 cm
Private Collection, Singapore
RM 5,000 – RM 10,000
This visual artist was known for painting the daily life in Thailand, and this piece captures exquisitely and expressly the life of a Thai farmer. Set against a clean, pristine background, various figures and people belonging to the agricultural background in Thailand are seen going about their daily lives. In its entirety, this piece is charming in its rusticity and the complexity in technique and subsequent simplicity in its message makes this piece aesthetically enchanting.
Kid Kosolawat was born in 1917 in Srisaket Province, Northeast Thailand. He went to Bangkok in 1936 where he studied at Silpakorn University for four years and then a year at Poh Chang College of Arts and Crafts. At one time, he was president of the Thai Fine Arts Association and an art instructor at Poh Chang College of Arts and Crafts in Bangkok, Thailand. Kid Kosalwat began garnering art awards since grade school in Si Sa Ket Province. By the time he came to Bangkok and enrolled in what is now Silpakorn University, his remarkable talent caught the eye of his teacher, Mr. Feroci (Prof. Silpa Bhirasri), the Italian founder of the university. Art, for Kid, was a never-ending source of happiness and fun. His drawings and numerous illustrations for magazines and children’s readers bear his trademark of simplicity and care.