Sokuntevy Oeur

Sokuntevy Oeur


World Art n Soul is pleased to offer a limited run of 1000 prints of a work by Cambodian artist Sokuntevy Oeur, with 20% of the money from sales of this work going to the charity Rose Charities Cambodia.

Sokuntevy OEUR (Tevy) is a female painter from Cambodia who is boldly leading the charge of the country's emerging women's art movement.  Tevy is certainly not afraid to speak her mind or ask questions.  At the forefront of her practice is an impassioned personal search to determine where, as an independent woman and artist, she can identify herself within contemporary Cambodian society.  Her gender and professional status as an artist, coupled with her unrelentingly honest approach to her subject matter, are a rare and precious combination.

Her paintings openly tell the story of the conflicts women of this generation face, whether emotional, familial, social or financial, in trying to be themselves, in a place where restrictive conventions and values have long-existed and mapped out the path for women.  Contrary to the Ch'bab Srey which advocated modesty, compliance and the domestic sphere as a woman's place of work, Tevy advocates self-expression and individuality. The subjects that she paints and the questions she raises through them are testaments to her having found her voice and a personal freedom.  Her body of work which is inscribed with her life show that as an artist, Tevy certainly knows who she is.

Tevy was born in the countryside and she studied at Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang where she developed her oil and watercolour painting and pencil skills. Her refined and highly individual painting style combines a modern approach with elements found in Cambodian art.  Her clearly defined shapes and the strong colours show her awareness and appreciation of her homeland's history of art.  In terms of her style, a surrealist dimension has become increasingly apparent and exaggerated.

Tevy's open and frank portraits on one level, push the boundaries of a conventional form of art practice to new limits.  Tevy is asking more broadly what is Cambodia today, and what does it mean to be Cambodian?  She cannot be alone in asking the questions, which are symptomatic of a greater struggle within the country of reconciling change and modernity with tradition.  As such, she is firmly holding a mirror in front of contemporary society.  In this, Tevy and her subjects are true spirits of the age.
Purple Hibiscus
Purple Hibiscus Sokuntevy Oeur artist #2/art #1 590mmW x 850mmH

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A percentage of sales of this artwork go towards Rose Charities Cambodia