Popular Artist To Host Book Launch At Milton Art Gallery

Kanita Sim exhibiting at Milton Art Gallery

A Thai artist who has made the north-east her home is launching her first book in Deeside this July.

Born in Thailand, Kanita Sim grew up surrounded by the vibrant colours of the gorgeous Thai silks which were produced in her parent’s Thai silk factory in Bangkok.

Coming to Scotland initially to study English, Kanita found her way to Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, where she studied textile design.

Her book ‘Colours, My Eastern Heritage’ showcases her favourite pieces which have been inspired by the two major influences in her life – her Eastern heritage and Scotland.

Kanita’s mother was a very successful colourist and this early influence of colour and fabric has had a hugely important effect on Kanita’s work. Her work includes colourful representations of Pennan, Collieston, Harris and many of the north-east’s iconic castles.

Kanita said: “During NEOS 2018 at the Milton Art Gallery, I was overwhelmed by the number of people who came, not only to see my work, but also to have a chat with me. The most common questions were around how I came to be in Aberdeen and also “Where do you get all those vivid colour combinations from.

“Describing my childhood was a very emotional experience for me and prompted me to start thinking about my first book. Writing this has also allowed me to pause from my daily routine of painting and instead, reflect on my childhood, my parents and siblings, growing up in Thailand and not least the long hot summer holidays on the beach. In other words, just taking stock of my life.

“The Milton Art Gallery was a huge support to me as a new and developing artist, so it feels particularly special to be launching my first book at the gallery. I hope my book will help people to understand how I come to paint the way I do.”

Kareen Blyth, Manager at Milton Art Gallery, said; “Kanita’s work is instantly recognisable through her bold colour palette giving her painting vitality. She is one of the gallery’s most recognised artists and draws regular visitors to view and collect her work.

“You really need to view her paintings in the flesh to appreciate their true colours, layers and textures of this visually stimulating contemporary artist.”

The meet the artist events will be taking place at Milton Art Gallery at Milton of Crathes near Banchory on 12th and 20th July between 2pm – 4pm. Her book will be available at the gallery or by visiting www.kanitasim.art.

Kanita is also displaying her ‘Homage to Harris’ exhibition at the gallery from 12th July – 8th September.

The Milton Art Gallery is situated at Milton of Crathes, just minutes from Banchory, and is operated by the Leys Estate Group.

The gallery is open Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm and from 11am on Sundays. Visitors are warmly welcomed.

For more information call 01330 844 664.