463 North High, 2nd Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Viewing Hours M-
Sat. 4:00 PM -
Gallery Hop Opening: Sat.,July 2 2016
Soutchay Soungpradith was born in Laos on January 8, 1978. With the help of the Grace United Methodist Church, located in Coshocton, Ohio, Soutchay and his family arrived in the U.S. in 1981. Upon graduating from Coshocton High School in 1996, he was awarded a scholarship from the Columbus College of Art & Design where he went on to study illustration. After attending for one year and a half, he ventured off to pursue music. Years later he returned to the field of art and began building a body of work. In 2013 he was nominated for a Chesley Award. His art has been published and is in the hands of recognized collectors. Along with traditional painting he continues to create original songs and performs live with his current band, Dead Mans Dew. He now resides with his wife and two daughters in Westerville, Ohio.
This body of imaginative realism is an exploration on the fragility of life, existence on the edge of extinction, the fine line between good and evil, questioning for truth and expanding beyond the boundaries of teachings that can confine your mind. What makes a person fall into temptations, fulfilling their own greedy desires? What pushes an individual to acts of selflessness, aiding others in need? I find inspiration from what’s instilled in us all throughout our lives and also in the beliefs distilled from us, as we age. My technique evolves and I’m always experimenting and learning. The pieces are created traditionally using thin layers of acrylic and oil together or multiple layers of oil alone on various prepped surfaces. Painting is a language, an avenue of communicating. Each expressive brush stroke is a letter, a word, each finished piece, a story left open for the viewer to read and interpret. It brings me great joy seeing the result of all the time consuming effort involved in producing something personally meaningful. I’m aiming to spread that feeling to others in the world with my art. If it moves one to do good, if it inspires anybody to become a positive light in a sometimes dark world or if a person simply enjoys a painting because of the color or subject matter, then I consider that successfully hitting the mark in my sights which feeds my appetite for true happiness and hopefully someone else's as well.