Current Exhibition  
     
  ONE HUNDRED YEARS
MISIEM YIPINTSOI
PAINTING AND SCULPTURE

MISIEM'S (ABOUT STUDIO/ABOUT CAFE)
DECEMBER 2006
 
   
 
 
 

TO THESE PEOPLE
I DEDICATE MY WORKS OF ART.
TO MON. MONET SATOMI,
WHO INITIATED ME
INTO DRAWING AND PAINTING.
TO PROFESSOR SILPA BHIRASRI,
WHO MADE A SCULPTOR OUT OF ME.
TO MY FELLOW ARTISTS AND THE PUBLIC, WHO ARE MY CONSTANT SOURCE OF INSPIRATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT
.

 
MISIEM YIPINTSOI
Misiem Yipintsoi was born on August 20,
1906 to an Indonesian Chinese family in
Bangkok. She attended Assumption Convent school until Mathayom 7 (11th Grade).
She married Intsoi Yip at age 17; they had five children.

Misiem starting painting when she was 42
out of personal interest. Even though she had no formal training in art, she was the first artist to win the artist of distinction acclaim upon winning a Gold Medal at the National Exhibition of Art for the third consecutive time in 1954. Later she began to devote her time to sculpture and the support of art in Thailand. Her work can be found in museums, galleries and private collections all over the world.

 
PICKING UP THE BRUSH

After her second daughter was struck with polio, Misiem took her to Denmark for treatment and ended up spending 14 months in that country. During that time
she took in a lot of art at friend’s homes and many European museums. She particularly liked Western art from the late 19th century and bought a good amount of reproductions to decorate her home in Bangkok. But once she returned home she found that the work she’ d bought lacked feeling, so she started to search for local artists who workedin that style. Having found none, she decidedto study painting. “The walls are full of reproductions. Why not paint myself? ” Misiem took her first painting lessons in 1948 with Monet Satomi, the Japanese cultural attache to Thailand in WWII years - After just one year, her teacher suggested she submit her paintings at the first National Exhibition of Art and “Santikham”, her painting of the rain trees lining Soi Chidlom, was awarded the first Gold Medal in Painting.In 1951, disparaging remarks about her skills prompted Misiem to enter into competition at the National Exhibition of Art “Honolulu”, a landscape she painted from beside the window of her room while on holiday in Hawaii. The following year “Sriracha” became the last painting she entered into competition.

   
Both paintings were awarded Gold Medals and she became the first artist to earn the artist of distinction.  
 
JOURNEYS 

After Monet Satomi retired to France in 1950, Misiem continued to explore the art of painting onher own.Though she could no longer enter her paintings into competition at the National Exhibition of Art, she continued to show her work there regularly. Her paintings from subsequent periods show an impression of the colors of nature, seasonal changes, and places she found on her journeys. “For me, every trip is an adventure where you always find new stories and experiences.” In addition to painting, Misiem also liked photography and wrote down her impressions as keepsakes. “When I am back at my studio in Bangkok, I often use those ideas to create something different.”

 
PEOPLE AND THINGS AROUND HER
Misiem had painted continuously for eight years before she began to take an interest in sculpture. Most of her works are based on people and things around her. She loved to paint landscapes and nature the most, and these were where her greatest strength lay. When she was free from other obligations she’d take a car trip to the country, packing a canvas and painting gear with her to paint from real locations. Misiem painted many landscapes and scenes from typical Thai life, such as rice fields and houses by a canal. Not long after this style of painting became a fashion in contemporary art.“I began to understand the language of color, dark, light, glowing and harmonious. Even dark, muddy water in canals, ponds and swamps can glow, reflecting the beauty of light and color to my
 
 
eyes. Water lilies of different kinds and colors - pink, purple, white, green, violet - bloomed all around me. In summertime Flame of the Forest trees would bloom a vibrant red, decorating both sides of Sathorn Canal and the entire road to Hua Hin - was our car running through a fire raging on both sides?”Misiem’s paintings of Thai life were what started her acquaintance with Silpa Bhirasri, her sculpture teacher. “In just a few months I was amazed with the progress in Misiem’s work. Satomi invited me to come see her work; it was incredibly interesting.” Acharn Silpa saw Misiem’s work for the first time at an informal showing of just a few pieces at the YWCA. After seeing the show an impressed Bhirasri asked to meet the artist and apologised to her for never having given her work the attention it deserved.Misiem painted her last picture in 1958. Subsequently she began to take a serious interest in sculpture and turned her garage into a studio where she spent her remaining years working on sculptures.