From the bustling city of Savannakhet, Laos to the quite musings of country town Albury, Australia; artist Phonsay draws from a life of balance and contrast to create surreal minimalist images via photography and digital editing and finally painting.
Having discovered his artistic talents from an early age, Phonsay slipped seamlessly into a career in graphic design and print management in Sydney. Back in a metropolis, he started playing around with architectural photography – a weekend pastime that quickly turned into a full-time endeavor.
In an unexpected twist to the genre of surreal minimalism; Phonsay naturally draws inspiration from his Buddhist upbringing. The lesson of balance and harmony that his father instilled in him since childhood has a playful role in his work. Buddhist believe that everything has a positive and a negative – people, things and objects need balance to create harmony – a rock can be one of the most peaceful objects on this planet, it can sit there for millions of years and do nothing, but if you add force to it, it can cause total destruction.
Phonsay’s enigmatic work takes us on a journey through barren landscapes, moody skies, tranquil surrounding and angular structures; bordering between reality and imagination. He balances colours harmoniously and objects within their positive and negative spaces.
Synthetic Polymer Paint On canvas 122 x 91.5cm Signed and Dated Lower Left, Titled Verso
Between The Lines, 2023
Synthetic Polymer Paint On canvas 122 x 91.5cm Signed and Dated Lower Right, Titled Verso
Text Me, 2022
Synthetic Polymer Paint On Linen 122 x 183 cm Signed and Dated Lower Right, Titled Verso
Adrift In Red Plains
Synthetic Polymer Paint On Canvas 152 x 122 cm Signed and Titled Verso
The Ride, 2019
Synthetic Polimer Paint On Canvas 152 x 122 cm Signed and Dated Lower Left, Titled Verso
Synthetic Polymer Paint On Canvas 122 x 92 cm Signed and Dated Lower Left, Titled Verso