2019 UOB Painting of the Year

Faces – Reflections of Life No. 2

2019 Most Promising Artist of the Year
Emerging Artist Category


Artist: Somchai Sidamon
Title: Faces – Reflections of Life No. 2
Medium: Mixed media on wood (Cow leather and food colouring)
Size (cm): 120 x 180

Faces – Reflections of Life No. 2 is inspired by stories from relatives and ancestors who have eked a living following the rural dictum. The artist improvised the traditional leather-making technique of shadow puppets and added colours to create distinctive structure of faces to reflect suffering, fatigue and hardship of the family members’ role. The material used is cow hide coupled with the hand-sewn technique that serves as the linkage among the different moods while the raised spots create an extra dimension. The paint colours are food colouring and the hair is engraved using his own unique technique.

Artist’s Bio

Somchai Sidamon

Somchai Sidamon

Mr Sidamon graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Thaksin University, Thailand in 2019. His artworks have been exhibited in group exhibitions in Thailand. Being influenced by his family business – “Nang Talung”, a folk shadow puppet show from Southern Thailand, he uses leather in his art-making.