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Thailand Great Flood 2011
Thailand Great Flood 2011

The hallmark of Lampu’s paintings is their inherent sense of humour, conveyed through her signature style of enlarging and distorting the heads of the people depicted in them. Lampu’s ability to inject lightheartedness into the most difficult of circumstances is informed by an inclination to depict the sunny side of life, even in stormy weather. This painting is inspired by Lampu’s visit to Ayutthaya during the great flood in 2011, where she observed that people remained optimistic, despite losing their homes and belongings.

Oil on canvas
250 x 400 cm
Credit Line:
Collection of ILHAM Foundation
© Lampu Kansanoh
About Lampu Kansanoh

Born in Samut Songkhram, Thailand, Lampu is a Thai painter and sculptor who currently lives and works in Bangkok. She graduated with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Fine Arts from Silpakorn University in Bangkok. Her work celebrates the human condition in all its weird and whimsical glory. The people populating her paintings are typically rendered out of proportion, their oversized heads allowing for extreme expressions, exaggerated for comic effect. She uses vibrant colours to magnify and bring to life the idiosyncrasies and eccentricities of the characters in her artworks. While she may satirise society and everyday life, she also inspires an honest appreciation for humanity with all our absurdities, foibles and strengths. In 2012, she was an artist in residence at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. In Thailand, her works have been exhibited widely, including three solo exhibitions at Ardel Gallery of Modern Art (2009, 2011 and 2013).