“Playing with Art” with Olga Polunin

Friday 13th October 2017

Sunday 15th October 2017

Wednesday 18th October 2017

14.00 - 16.00 at the Kamalaya Gallery

Through drawing and painting, we can access a space in time where the mind can be free yet focused, much like meditation, far from mundane or practical thoughts that often fill our heads. It is a time when we can let go of our daily concerns and step into a place where complete freedom and creativity can exist.

Olga says, “During the classes I’d like to propose practical exercises where complete beginners and also those with some experience with drawing can explore this creativity without any preconceptions about beauty or value, where the sole purpose of the task at hand is to stimulate and open up new ideas and inspiration”.

“The left side of the brain, which is the dominant side, is more focused on logical, practical problem solving, while the right side is more to do with emotions as well as spatial and intuitive matters. Through these classes, I’d like to stimulate this creative right hemisphere with tasks tailored specially to awaken this more artistic side, that this creativity and intuition can also be awakened in daily life and activities.”

About: Born in 1963, Olga Marie Polunin is a Singaporean painter living in Belgium. She is of Russian-English and Hakka Chinese descent. Her paternal grandparents, Vladimir and Violet Polunin were respected artists of the 20th century, friends and colleagues of Diaghilev, Matisse, Picasso, and Bakst. As homage to this great lineage and her love for the arts, she has developed for the last 20 years her own artistic path as a harmonious balance between East, West and herself.

Inspired by Asian art as well as the Primitive Flemish masters, beliefs and symbolism, Olga Polunin has developed, since her first exhibition in 1997, a singular artistic expression that pays tribute to both her European and Chinese heritage, where nudes display innocence mixed with sensuality and desire, linking family and universal values.

Her inspiration seems to be like her life, a continuous and smooth path creating a peaceful balance through her paintings between beauty, love and family through her mastery of a delicate and intricate painting technique.

It is this feeling of a very human and simple harmony, this feeling of being at peace with body, mind and soul. It exhales from her paintings, with her refined style and technique, together producing the quality as well as the singularity of her work.

Blissful Wind Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to find a state of inner peace and serenity and then to express it in a visual form.

Through guided meditation, we will reach a creative state of mind in order to bring up shapes and colours. Inspired by this meditation as well as by patterns in nature found in the gardens around, we will decorate and mount a Chinese fan, imbuing it with the energy of the meditation. After the session, the fan becomes a physical metaphor and tool in future situations to remind its maker of the peaceful and creative time they spent making it at Kamalaya.


Visiting Period: 12th -18th October

Workshop: Blissful Wind Workshop: 90 mins : 3,950 THB++/person

Playing with Art Workshop: Complimentary for all Kamalaya guests

Entrance fee is 300 baht for Samui Residents and Vacationers


All proceeds go toward Kamalaya’s Charity Fund

Please RSVP to events@kamalaya.com as supplies are limited.


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