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Impressionistic acrylic paintings of blooming flowers by Khmer artist Thav Savann.

Savann, recalling the colors of the countryside and the way flowers sway in the breeze, filled his canvas with layers upon layers of warm oranges and reds, searing yellows and contrasting greens. They collectively encompass a different way of seeing landscape as an art of immediacy and movement, of compositions, of abstraction, and the play of light expressed in a bright and varied use of colour.

The characteristic visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on light in its changing qualities, accentuating the effects of the passage of time, the inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles, enabled Savann to convey the momentary and transient effects of sunlight by painting en plein air. There is a sense of abandon and nonchalance in the way he composed the picture which gives it a very light mood. It’s a celebration of life expressed in a canvas bursting with colors.

He emphasized vivid overall effects rather than details using short, "broken" brush strokes of pure and unmixed color, not smoothly blended, as was customary, in order to achieve the effect of intense colour vibration.

Artist bio

Thav Savann was born in Phnom Penh. He arrived in Paris at the young age of 20 after fleeing from Cambodia to a refugee camp in Thailand where he lived for several years. He is a self-taught artist, painting during his free time, while working as a hairdresser to survive.

He is always searching for new ways of expression but mainly picking topics that are close to nature. His work is all about joy, exuberance, abundance and blessedness.

Thav Savann
01 December 2008 - 30 January 2009

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