ANAN ANANTAWONG


A Thai native from Nonthaburi, Anan was a landscape architect for 15 years before abandoning design for shapeless art. Inspired by Zen teachings and meditation, he lives a minimalist lifestyle focused on retrospection and painting. Anan’s work is created out of feeling and without reason, reflecting the, “less is more,” philosophy. Minimalism, simplicity, and grandiose composition are present in every work.

1. When did you first start making art?
I’ve always made art, I started when I was 3 years old and never stopped. Young children love to draw and create, adults are just like children with more complex views and practice.

2. How would you describe your style?
I would say that it is abstract expressionist and minimalist. I love the color black because it has an attractive and energetic quality. My paintings are full of energy, movement, and emotion.

3. How has your art evolved over the years?
I always loved the color black, it’s always present in my work. I find new ways to create art and make series of paintings, like Anatta 74. Simple forms and movement inspired that piece.

4. What are the inspirations for your art?
Life is my inspiration. I meditate and live a simple life, working from home and being at peace with the world. I used to be a landscape architect, and I studied the origin of lines within the design, it created the idea of cause and effect. I wanted to do the opposite of that, I’m inspired by abstract ideas instead of what you can see. I express myself through movements in my pieces.

5. How does living in thailand influence your art?
Thailand is a peaceful, natural beauty. When you come to my country you will find that the art here is very unique, very beautiful. It is important to feel, not only see. I work in emotion.

6. What are some of your favorite artists?
Thawan duchanee, Kazuo Shiraga

7. What is your creative process like?
It all centers on meditation, emotion, and feeling. I never know what a painting will look like when I start, and often make simple, abstract works.

8. How long does it take you to complete a painting?
Sometimes 15 minutes, sometimes a month or more.

9. What is a key element in creating a work?
The key element is feeling. The final product doesn’t need principles.

10. What do you want people to take away from your work? What do you want your work to make them feel?
Happiness & Happiness

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