Penh to Paper
An exhibition by Stuart Croxford
Opening at the Lotus Pond Gallery, Plantation – urban resort & spa,
Wednesday 21 June from 6:30 pm. The exhibition will continue until 2 August.
Penh to Paper – 22 buildings is an art exhibition depicting some of Phnom Penh’s most significant architectural landmarks by Architects such as Jean Desbois, Vann Molyvann & Mam Sophana. The exhibition largely covers the city’s colonial-era to the angular, post-independence “new-Khmer” architecture, all of which contributed to the low rise elegance of the city referring to Phnom Penh’s past as the “Pearl of Asia” and also includes examples of the Angkorian period and contemporary works.
Stuart Croxford’s work allows his audience to gain a glimpse into an architectural mind with a focus on fine lines and precise measurements. His illustrations and detailed process provide an intimate window into the architecture of many of Phnom Penh’s historic landmarks and French colonial architecture.
Taking back what was stolen by the progressive digital age, Stuart takes a traditional approach to architectural drawing, combining his years of training and professional practice with his eye for detail to produce beautiful pieces, each unique in style and technique.
After practicing Architecture for ten years in London and five years in Shanghai, Stuart decided to combine his love of drawing and of architecture to pursue a career as an artist. A move that he has found liberating; as an Architect, Stuart designed buildings for clients with a brief in mind, whereas being an Artist he has free reign to his ideas.
“I love art and I love architecture and the adage ‘do what you love & you’ll never work a day in your life’ has never been truer.”
Stuart’s experience, in Shanghai, was invaluable introducing him to Asia as well as to different cultures, viewpoints and methodologies. It was there he decided to embark on a new career path. He began painting in oils and watercolours before resurrecting a technique that he once used in his early years at university. Stuart’s journey to Phnom Penh started in 2011 when he and his wife Yasmeen began to visit Cambodia on a regular basis. Both Architects, they were drawn to the monuments of the Khmer empire and of bygone eras and a chance opportunity brought them to Phnom Penh on a permanent basis in the summer of 2015.
About the Artist:
Scottish artist, Stuart Croxford (pictured right), formally trained and qualified as an Architect at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen, Scotland and now works as a professional artist. He has lived and exhibited his work in London, Shanghai and currently resides in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Inspired by his architectural training and influenced by architectural drawings by the likes of Charles Rennie Macintosh, Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Rudolph & Lebbeus Woods, Stuart creates detailed ink and graphite works of art depicting his global travels.