Artist narrative

”In the sky the clouds drift effortlessly. We don't know how long the clouds have been drifting and I don't know how much longer they will drift, but I have been close to these clouds for more than twenty years. In 1997 I began to observe the clouds closely, in order to draw them. Clouds appear in nearly all of my work. There are clouds which draw one's imagination far away, clouds can make me worry, rejoice and fear. Sometimes they are pure beauty attracting the eye. In my youth I used to walk everywhere and often looked up at the sky waiting for the clouds to drift my way, hoping for them to come to cool me down. In Khmer belief human-shaped clouds are said to bring good luck. Animal-shaped clouds bring bad luck. Now, nature has changed, sometimes there are no clouds, the sky is dark blue. The heat is unbearable. Sometimes the clouds look stormy.” – Bandol

Artist bio

Srey Bandol was born in 1973 in Battambang, Cambodia. In 1987, he studied art at a Thai refugee camp, Site Two. In 1995, he co- founded Phare Ponleu Selpak Art Association in Battambang, a breeding ground for most of the working artists in Cambodia today. He has exhibited in Reyum Gallery, the French Cultural Center, Meta House and Java Café in Phnom Penh. Internationally his works have been shown in PETA Theater in the Philippines, Light House Gallery in Norway, Citizens House, Traditions and Arts Museum, Guimet Museum, all in France, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland. He was also part of a Unesco exhibit in Paris in 1993. Since 1996, he has been an art teacher in Phare Ponleu Selpak and has guided many young Cambodian artists to develop their unique creative voice.

Srey Bandol
01 February - 30 March 2010

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