”Life and Soul” Art Exhibition by Kevin Wood
The opening night of the exhibition is on Tuesday 18 June,at 19.00. The exhibition is hung at the Queen Bee on Sukhumvit Soi 26, one of the best places in town to see live bands. The exhibition will run until the end of August. Visit Queen Bee website here.
A word, a thought, a movement, the human condition. This is what inspires Kevin Wood to create his art pieces. And his creativity knows no bounds. This engaging guy has also been a successful musician – recording and touring since his teen years, radio DJ, manager of a live music venue, and he is also the author of five books.
Kevin has lived in Thailand since 1992, he says, ‘I came for two weeks, and I’m still here ... it’s been a very long 2 weeks’. Kevin came from a working class family and worked to finance his way through art college, and by the age of fifteen had begun making a little cash by singing in a pop group. So after completing art school his choices were to become a professional singer, a full time artist, or work on a factory floor. The factory floor wasn’t for him, and though he loved art he chose a career in singing.
He says, ‘Over the years I’ve returned to art because it allows me to express myself without the restraints of outside influences. I have exhibited in several countries; England, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand … in small exhibition spaces with a limited amount of pieces on display, but I like the intimacy of that kind of show.
I like to try new things and not restrict myself to any particular style, but though it’s unintentional, something is there that links the works together. This exhibition is called Life & Soul and is a collection of 17 pieces, mostly acrylic on canvas, but a few are charcoal and ink.
One thing I enjoy is to put little secrets in my work, as I believe a piece of art is there to be looked at and not just hung on a wall and ignored so quite a lot of my work has more to it than what immediately meets the eye. This is also why (even though all my works are named) I choose to withhold those names; to allow the viewer to interpret the work as they see it’.
Kevin continued, ‘Two of the paintings in this exhibition feature red lines on a yellow background, and appear to look very minimalistic – but if a viewer gets up close to those paintings they will see that the background is a homage to one of my favorite artists, van Gogh. The red lines also hold another secret but I’m going leave those to the viewer’s imagination’.
The opening night of the exhibition is on Tuesday 18 June,at 19.00. The exhibition is hung at the Queen Bee on Sukhumvit Soi 26, one of the best places in town to see live bands. The exhibition will run until the end of August, and all the works are for sale. Pop along and check ‘em out … they’re interesting, unique, unusual … and if you want to purchase a piece you will be surprised how reasonable they are.
Written by Robin Westley Martin