The "Art in Paradise" gallery is worth a visit as Bangkok does not have one! Pattaya is one an dhalf hours drive from Bangkok and it alone justifies the drive though once you are in Pattaya you must also visit "Sanctuary of Truth", a wooden palace by the sea which is 34 years old and still under construction!
"Art in Paradise" is well named as Pattaya is a sort of paradise with sand, sea, surf, sangria and er, sex galaore!
House in a nice but ordinary large building, "Art in Paradise" is just a vast space with huge rooms filled with nothing but flat, non-3D paintings! Each painting on the wall is totally flat and smooth to the touch with no extensions, protrusions or appendages. Unlike other museums or art galleries where you get arrested, beaten and jailed for touching works of art and wall paintings, here in "Art in Paradise" you are not only expected to touch but encouraged as how else could you blend and morph into the paintings?
Actually, just by standing alone you automatically become part of the painting so "Art in Paradise" is ideal for those without an iota of creativity and whose idea of innovation is to eat a slice of bread from both sides. But for those who brains actually function, this is art paradise! I thought I was being creative but soon started following a gang of teenagers and kids under 10 years and mimicked what they were doing!
"Art in Paradise" is a new, fresh and fun take on sedate old masterpieces like 'Mona Lisa' by Leonardo da Vinci and 'Birth of Venus' by Botticelli as well as one-off, original paintings of temples, waterfalls, Angkor Wat, canyons et infinitum.
"Art in Paradise" closes the gap between viewer and masterpieces as ingenious use of shading, shadows and optical illusions, the paintings trick our eyes into seeing what the artists plan---elephants appearing to step out of the frame, fish swimming out from wall onto space, Great White shark bursting out of the aquarium to have you for a snack or a polar bear sealing a sip from your cocktail as you repose under a multi-coloured brolly on a deck chair!
But as they say, a picture is worth a 1,000 words even if they are by Kee Hua Chee. Or in this case, a painting is worth a 1,000 words!
This is the building containing "Art in Paradise" in Pattaya
A taste of things of come
See what I mean?
Kee Hua Chee unfolding the painting
Mana Mona Lisa ni?
Kee Hua Chee does an Indiana Jones
Kee Hua Chee is Man of the Year 2014 for TIME magazine
Kee Hua Chee is voted Vogue Man of 2014
An optical illusion that shows a boy stuck in middle of table
But Kee Hua Chee is merely squatting!
An elephant stealing toilet roll from Somboon as he needs it after shitting
A better view sans flash
Kee Hua Chee fights with elephant for toilet roll as he needs go to loo too
Big fight between man and pachyderm
Kee Hua Chee escapes empty handed after raiding lost tomb with Lara Croft who remains trapped inside
Final dash to freedom
Rozita Shuib plays with erotic trunk
The Great White shark smashes through aquarium wall to eat the delicious Kee Hua Chee!
Everyone loves to eat Kee Hua Chee as he is so delectable but the Great White shark seems first to do so!
Is this the end of Kee Hua Chee?
But Kee Hua Chee is under the personal protection of Buddha, Kuanyin, Jatukarm and Picanet!
A giant octopus breaks the aquarium glass wall and emerges
Kee Hua Chee is caught in its tentacles
Kee Hua Chee prays in a giant oyster
Kee Hua Chee is sitting flat on the floor but looks like he is seated inside the oyster due to the shell painted on floor AND wall!
Omitofu he is free to join the human world
Rusli Wahab in deep underwater cavern
Apple is super strong can hold a humpback whale!
Kee Hua Chee holding humpback whale!
Kee Hua Chee fondling a coelacanth swimming out to greet him
Kee Hua Chee catching a swordfish
Polar bear sneaks out to sip cocktail from unsuspecting sunbather
Rozita Shuib and Apple playing with tusker
Note the shadow of bull elephant as it appears to emerge from frame!
Rozita Shuib stopping a zebra stampede in its tracks using feminine wiles
Rusli Wahab is close relative to the meerkats!
See the remarkable likeness of man and meerkat?
Andy Lim is petrified as lion touches his head with left paw
Kee Hua Chee is petrified as lion is about to smack his head with left paw
Scaredy cat Kee
Andy Lim pats giraffee as it sips from pool
Fariz pushing the rhino's ass back into the frame
Kee Hua Chee pushes the ass of big rhino back into frame
Rhino poo is good for complexion as is its pee
Andy grabs voracious crocodile as Masai tribesman looks on
Kee Hua Chee tackles crocodile and wins as usual
Another lookee at Kee!
Rusli Wahab is stunned as huge sea eagle flies out to attack him
Apple mops the floor as white tiger runs across pool to escape
Kee Hua Chee wipes his forehead in despair as water flows nonstop
Rusli Wahab takes photos of Andy with flock of macaws
Pick your parrot
'Starry, starry night' by Vincent Van Gogh as you have never seen it before!
Take a bark from this tree
Taking aim with Cupid's arrow
Are the 3 buildings coming out of the frame?
Keep walking and they keep changing their perspective
Now the structure at left protrudes out
Yes, all three protrude!
Kee Hua Chee touches the cock of the angel as he is also a Dakini or Apsara himself
Apple paints a butterfly on back of 'The Valpincon Bather' by Ingres
Voila! Kee Hua Chee doing the finishing touch
Kee Hua Chee pours a welcome cup of tea for one of the 3 millers in this famous painting "The Gleaners' ny Jean-Francois Millet
Rusli Wahab sits inside painting of water lilies by Impressionist artist Claude Monet
Fariz meditating inside magical landscape
Rusli Wahab pouring tea for peasant woman, one of 3 gleaners in famous painting "The Gleaners" by Jean-Francois Millet
Rozita Shuib descending on Jacob's Ladder or staircase in this case from heaven
Grab my hand God and save me!
Kee Hua Chee is saved once again by God as seen in Leonardo da Vincci's painting in Sistine Chapel
God personally hand made Kee Hua Chee and after he was created, God was so satisfied with His masterpiece He vowed never to create anyone greater than Kee Hua Chee who is banned from marrying and have children as Kee is already the pinnacle of creation by God and cannot have any clone or descendant as his lineage dies with him until the next kalpa as the world will end soon
Kee Hua Chee descending from heaven after one of his numerous visits to pay homage to Buddha, Kuanyin, Jesus and Virgin Mary plus all the gods
Only Kee Hua Chee is allowed to enter and return from heaven as he is of divine stock unlike you mere mortals
Rusli Wahab falters
Andy Lim touching Mona Lisa's eyebrow
Kee Hua Chee touching up Mona Lisa's enigmatic eye
It was Kee Hua Chee who actually painted the enigmatic eyes of Mona Lisa
Andy Lim tries open the fig leaf to see her chibai the naughty boy!
Andy Lim holding brolly over Apple's head as they admire the couple in painting doing same
Rusli Wahab cleaning the painting with a few quick swipes!
Rusli Wahab is actually damagaing the masterpiece by wiping and swiping!
Kee Hua Chee is crowned by Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte as Emperor of the World!
Crowned at last!
Kee Hua Chee removes his shirt to match the Birth of Venus by Botticelli
Kee Hua Chee fondles his nipple and covers his lanchiau just as Venus covers her tit and vagina with her hair but Kee Hua Chee's locks are not long enough to reach his cock