CHIANG RAI – National Artist Thawan Duchanee died at 74 this morning from complications arising from hepatitis.
Born in 1939 in Chiang Rai province, Thawan studied at the Poh Chang Arts and Crafts College and Silpakorn University. He was declared a national artist in 2001.
His paintings, often with underlying Buddhist themes, are widely praised, both in Thailand and abroad. Mr. Thawan’s funeral rites will be held at Wat Depsirin in Bangkok.
Fellow National Artist Chalermchai Kositpipat paid tribute to Mr. Thawan, saying his death is a colossal loss to the Thai art scene, as he put contemporary Thai art on the world map. – See more at: http://thainews.prd.go.th/centerweb/newsen/NewsDetail?NT01_NewsID=WNSOC5709030010004#sthash.lWO68VOe.dpuf