The creative arts and crafts of Thailand are renowned worldwide due to the numerous cultural and aesthetic influences developed from the region’s most talented artists.
Stroll down any street around Pattaya or Phuket and you are bound to stumble upon an art shop. Maybe even two or three of them. Inescapably not nearly as many as those annoying tailor shops that seem to spring out all over the place.
Please step inside one of the art shops where you’ll be pleasantly greeted by the friendly staff. There is no hard sell here. Young artists often sit in rows feverishly painting away to finish customer’s orders. Feel free to browse around.
As an artist and art collector myself, I can only admire the amazing talent these Thai artists have. So much so that not only did I purchase completed paintings, I also commissioned many others too. At one stage I ran around from one art shop to another to collect all my pieces before heading back home.
On one trip to Thailand, I even had a container load of metal art shipped home to my art gallery. It took me two weeks to unpack them all.
I usually buy all my paintings in Pattaya and Phuket and my metal art in Bangkok.
In Pattaya, you will find a heck of a lot of shops in walking street and also around Mike’s Shopping Mall between the beach road and second road.
Phuket has a few good ones on Bangla Road off Patong beach road as well as a little further afield. You’re bound to stumble upon a number of these creative art shops on your normal rounds of the cities and resorts.
The best advice I can offer you is to look around until you find artists who you think will suit your requirements than an art shop simply full of paintings. What you will also find a lot, is the same painting in just about every other shop. What you need to do is look for the best one of the bunch and then find out who the artist is. That artist would be your man.
In Thailand, there is a saying… Same Same but Different. What this means is that you will find the same thing in a number of shops, but that they will all be a little different. It also means that there is a number of the same type of shops, but with each one selling slightly different items which appear to look the same.