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Exhibition

Apsar of the Week

Exhibiting Artists: Khem Sambo

Venue: Utterly Art 229A South Bridge Road > venue details

Dates: 01 Feb 2011 - 13 Feb 2011

An Apsar/Apsara is a beautiful lady from heaven (angel), and my paintings are about these celestial nymphs and dancers in the heavenly courts which can be found carved on the surface of most ancient Cambodian temples during the Khmer Empire. Ladies of my country have been praised as angels, and they are the beautiful treasures of the earth.  

Traditionally, Cambodians have this unique rule for dressing with a different color used for each day. This culture of dressing has been in use until today in order to bring prosperity, wisdom and happiness to Cambodian life through these customs.  Seven colors for a week, the color of an Apsara for any particular day is according to these rules:
   Apsar Chanth: Monday - Orange Color
   Apsar Angkear: Tuesday – Purple Color
   Apsar Puth: Wednesday –Golden Green Color
   Apsar Prohurst: Thursday – Light or Dark Green Color
   Apsar Sok: Friday –Dark Blue or Blue Color
   Apsar Sao: Saturday – Golden Brown or Red Purple Color
   Apsar Atith: Sunday – Red Color

My paintings show my ideas of creativity. I use the figures of classical art and transform them into contemporary art, yet strive to preserve its unique identity. The aim is to give an idea of how Khmer contemporary art has developed, as an artist I would like to express my feelings to all audiences who are interested in my art works. For those who like to discover the art and histories of Cambodia, we have a long history amongst the ASEAN countries. Apsaras are the main actresses in my paintings, and are well-known as symbols of Khmer ladies of high value and respect. The golden thread and yarn which I use to sew most parts of the Apsara shape reference unity and harmony, and my highest  appreciation to ladies for their vision, diligence, attractiveness and behavior which I value as gold. My greatest wish is keep my own country’s identity and culture alive for all nations.



Exhibited Works

Apsar Chanth (Monday - orange)

2010

100 cm x 75 cm
Acrylic, buttons, silk, gold and ordinary thread on canvas
SGD$2600

Apsar Angkear (Tuesday - purple)

2010

100cm x 75cm
Acrylic, buttons, silk, gold and ordinary thread on canvas
SGD$2600

Apsar Puth (Wednesday - golden green)

2010

100cm x 75cm
Acrylic, buttons, silk, gold and ordinary thread on canvas
SGD$2600

Apsar Prohurst (Thursday - green)

2010

100cm x 75cm
Acrylic, buttons, silk, gold and ordinary thread on canvas
SGD$2600

Apsar Sok (Friday - dark blue)

2010

100cm x 75cm
Acrylic, buttons, silk, gold and ordinary thread on canvas
SGD$2600

Apsar Sao (Saturday - golden brown)

2010

100cm x 75cm
Acrylic, buttons, silk, gold and ordinary thread on canvas
SOLD

Apsar Atith (Sunday - red)

2010

100cm x 75cm
Acrylic, buttons, silk, gold and ordinary thread on canvas
SGD$2600

Kon Apsar Tang 7 (combination of 7 angel children)

2010

80cm x 60cm
Acrylic, buttons, silk and thread on canvas
SOLD

Artist

  • Khem Sambo

    Cambodia

    Born in Kandal province in 1979, Khem Sambo studied at the Faculty of Plastic Arts in the Royal University of Arts from 1999-2004, majoring in painting. He has been teaching Painting at the Department of Fine Art since 2009. He has participated in several exhibitions in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Singapore, and has been collected by the Singapore Art Museum.

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