Artist gives preview of Samui body art contest

7 Mar 2011

An Austrian bodypainting artist’s model graced the stage at the press conference promoting Samui’s forthcoming body art competition. The Samui International Bodypainting Competition is being held later this month on Lamai Beach with the primary themes of Heaven on Earth and Beneath the Sea.

Koh Samui Council and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), who are jointly hosting the colourful event, hope that the competition will be on a par with similar happenings such as Austria’s World Body Painting Festival, the Canadian Body Painting Festival and the German International Body Painting Festival.

At the meet-the-media conference, Austrian artist Bella Volen displayed her beautifully decorated model to an appreciative audience. Body painting is not a quick process and Volen had spent around six hours creating her masterpiece.

The artist said that body art and designs had evolved from ancient times when they were tribal symbols. She added that she considered body painting to be like a kiss mark which gradually faded, but left behind warm and beautiful memories.

The event on one of Thailand’s most popular tropical islands is expected to draw local artists and models as well as ones from countries as far away as South Korea, the UK, the US and Australia. In conjunction with the bodypainting competition there will also be related activities including henna and nail painting.

The Samui International Bodypainting Competition will take place opposite The Buddy Resort on Lamai between the hours of 17:00 and 23:00 on 26 and 27 March 2011.  

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