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11 January 2011 :: 10:01:40 am 48727

Dutch Artist Visits Pattaya

Around 150 patrons of Liam’s At Gallery in Pattaya attended the opening of an art exhibition by the well known Dutch oil painting artist, Mr. Barro Donker. His transformation from tennis star to an artist is interesting, as his views on the psychology of his art.
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Pattaya, – Monday 10th January 2011, PDN: – The founder of Liam’s Art Gallery, Mr., Liam (O’Keefe) Ayudhkij kindly put on an opening night for this exciting art exhibition at his multi storey gallery, which is a short distance down Soi-4 on the lower side of Pratumnak (Hill) Road. Barro Donker was born in Amsterdam in Holland, and strangely enough grew up to become a tennis star, which is a profession that is vastly different from the world of art. In his early working life he had a passionate hobby of sketching and drawing and as in his early his thirties he took up painting with oil paint as a profession, in place of playing tennis.

Barro Donker’s artistic talents have been influenced by many different famous European masters, such as Valaquez, Goya & Picasso from Spain, Rembrandt & Van Gough from Holland, French painter Nicolas Poussin, and even the Flemish painter James Ensor. He is continually searching for inspiration in his paintings, with a new impressionistic trend of being surrealistic in nature and reflects some aspect of the personality of his human subjects. The title of Barro Donker’s exhibition was “The Mind Never Sleeps” and this is very fitting for such an artistic expose, because Barro’s mind is continually active. He paints with the intuition of a free thinker, and states that both his paintings plus his artistic career will go where fate leads him, and although Barro enjoys residing in Chiang Rai, he readily admits that fate could change his life at any time.

This artistic evening with Barro Donker and Pattaya’s painting connoisseurs was extremely successful and it is hoped that we will see more such evenings in the future. Art galleries and museums are well known to have difficult financial times, so maybe we should pressure government organizations into lending financial support to these culturally uplifting institutions.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Community News

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