Chinatown Home by Shelly Du is an Impressionism landscape painting in acrylic on canvas. The art features the beautiful simplicity of the old homes in Bangkok, Thailand’s Chinatown.
Different housewares grace the main structure, which appears to be an older two story residence. The pairing of the odds and ends with the home’s symmetry provide a quaintness although what’s pictured is just mundane, everyday life.
The home is adorned with random items: a hanging shirt, a stool, a few planters and plants; baskets hang from a canopy of bamboo sticks. Traditional Chinese couplets accentuate the home’s main door. Perhaps it’s the stark red signs against the earthy tones that help spark the image’s charm. Perhaps its the frenzy of electricity cables and the candid placement of random objects that others may find alluring.
Thick quadrilateral brush strokes mimic the square angles of the building. The earthy tones meld together and are mellow against the home goods.
The earliest Chinatowns date back to the 16th century. And while Chinese presence in Siam had an earlier presence, the Chinatown in Bangkok’s current location was established in the late 19th century.
Bangkok’s Chinatown served as a point of trade between Siam and China. This neighborhood constitutes the oldest part of the city with multiple roads, with the main and major point of interest being Yaoarawit Road. Nowadays, this area of Bangkok draws the interest of tourists for its food and markets. Oyster omelettes in particular is this Chinatown’s sought after dish.
In and outside of Asia, Chinatowns are certainly not all alike. What makes your Chinatown unique?
Original art available on Saatchiart for $505: Chinatown Home by Shelly Du.