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Barbie Sirimongkhon

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Graphic Designer

Phone: (859) ***-****  HQ Phone
Centre College
600 West Walnut Street
Danville, Kentucky 40422
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1819, Centre College is ranked among the U.S. News and World Report top 50 national liberal arts colleges. Centre alumni, known for their nation-leading...   more
Background

Education

  • industrial arts technology and management
    Berea College
Web References
The Advocate Messenger -- Serving Danville, Kentucky
www.amnews.com, 17 June 2003 [cached]
"Wayne Daugherty -- I think he inspired me to get back into art, so I did," says Sirimongkhon."He gave me paper.And my wonderful wife (Barbie) came home with new brushes and new paints."
Then he met a "wonderful friend," he says.
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"People started noticing," says Barbie Sirimongkhon.
Sirimongkhon also did a mural at Bate Middle School and was hired on at Centre College as a graphic designer -- all this in just a year's time.
"Everything happened so fast," says Sirimongkhon."People would call and say, 'I want a painting like Mark and Lori's.' And the people I paint for are real social people."
Meaning the people for whom he paints entertain friends, who see Sirimongkhon's work on the wall.And although he is a "modest, discreet painter" who used to give away his work, he's staying busy now.
"I've sold over 30 paintings in the last year," Sirimongkhon says, with a slightly startled look on his face.Then he smiles."But I'm not rich yet. ...I price art according to what I would pay for it."
Some friends recommend he raise his prices; a few tell him he's out of their league.But price is no obstacle for many.At Sirimongkhon's last art show in March, he sold four works in an hour, and sold 11 works total.
At another exhibit at Danville High School, Sirimongkhon got together a few at his wife's urging.
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"But I don't want to lose customers," Sirimongkhon says."I'm still humble -- and very, very moody."
That moodiness finds its outlet in his works' style.
"I'm struggling between realism and expressionism," he explains."Now, it's abstract."
He says he rarely sketches anything before painting, so oftentimes the music to which he is listening dictates the piece.
"I let the brush do the work," Sirimongkhon says.
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A native of Vientiane, Laos, Sirimongkhon came to the United States in 1979 to attend Berea College, where he earned a degree in industrial arts technology and management.Prior to that, he lived in France, Thailand, and Australia and Laos.
His parents left Southeast Asia as political refugees in 1975.As a teen-ager in Paris, Sirimongkhon was a bit of a troublemaker.Being accepted at Berea was "the best thing that ever happened to me," he says.
"My parents were happy to send me to America," Sirimongkhon explains."I met Barbie, who was a freshman at the same time, and she helped me with my English.Berea is an awesome school."
His artistic style was influenced by his time living in Paris, but with two older brothers -- Sirimongkhon is the ninth of 12 children -- his art influence had earlier beginnings.
"Paris gave me a different view, a totally different style," he notes."I did Paris scenes, even when I came to the United States."
But it didn't work for him, he adds.
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"It's free-flowing and very expressive," Sirimongkhon explains.
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Sirimongkhon says one of the challenges of being artists is trying to get his kids interested in it as well.He already sees budding talent in Dillon, he says, as he points out a drawing of the comic book character Wolverine on the wall.
The money has been a plus to being an artist, Sirimongkhon says.But it's not all that important, he adds.He prefers the pleasure of knowing people are putting his works on their walls.
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