As we live on a planet that is likely to become more urban, ‘nature’ becomes increasingly more desireable. Therefore, it’s not surprising why the work of Kamui Lim—distinguished by vibrant animals and plants—are so adored. In an exhibition held in the middle of The Emporium shopping mall, the pop of store of Kamuilim Fine Arts & Decor looks like an oasis full of life and colour
“My concepts revolves around nature. I think art alone is not enough, it must reflect society. I want people to realise and be aware of nature’s beauty. We have to try to lessen our impact on the environment, since today’s human population is stretching the limits of what our world can handle. Personally, I am an animal lover. It’s unfortunate that so many animals have become extinct. In my work there are sometimes unusual creatures that are rarely seen. It’s a reflection of what I love through my work,” Kamui speaks of this home decor items, “In addition, natural designs are easily incorporated into home decor. In any house, you can place them into a small corner and you’ll already feel closer to nature. It’s like bringing the outdoors next to you.” Kamui adds that most of his items are limited editions, “sometimes I make just one piece, sometimes just five or 10 pieces. I want the owner of my items to feel special.”
Although today, Kamui Lim works to design fabrics under the brand Kamuilim Fine Arts & Decor, his first job—which can be considered his first love—is painting. The interest he has in drawing and painting began as a child, inspired by an aunt who often painted pictures of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. Because of this, Kamui was determined to get into the Pohchang Academy of Arts. “In terms of schools, the Pohchang Academy of Arts is an extraordinary art school. At the time, I was determined to pass the entrance exam. When I got in, I choose to study National Art, which is exclusive to that academy. The Porchang Academy of Arts was started by King Rama IV and King Rama V to produce Thai artists in fields such as architecture, painting and fine arts for the sake of preserving and maintaining Thai temples.” Today, Kamui continues his work in painting with the ancient technique of using earthen pants that he learned from his time as a student, “My work may look modern, but I don’t leave out ancient influences. This technique helps us to prepare to be mindful, like preparing a canvas for lines. This is what painting really is. In the Pali-Sanskrit language, the world painting comes from ‘mind and action’. I think this derivation is wonderful,” he says, “I like to tell people that we are image creators. Not in the sense that we create images for fame, but that we create visual images. It’s a valuable thing. The painter is a creator. But at one point, if there are people who support and appreciate the images, they will last even when we have passed away. My instructor once told me, you can draw anything you want. Just make sure that what you create can be in the museums of the future so people can see its value, and as Thai people we want to glorify our roots. What we can do is create art for people to admire. Art is what elevates our mind, and for me the value of art is here.”
The pop up store of Kamuilim Fine Arts & Decor is open at The Emporium until the end of this month.