The exhibition “Life and Hope” held at the Sammaki gallery in Battambang City features two artists in their 20s who have already developed vivid and distinctive styles.* Chhoeun Vandy uses color to create varied atmospheres. These range from the subdued shades reminiscent of works at the turn of the 20th century as in his painting of a seated man rendered in muted brown, gold, green and red, to the daring red and mauve mist over a scene in which a father takes care of a baby lying on a table. In the painting entitled “Strengthen the Spirit,” in which
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