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Khmer Impressions/Les Impressions Khmères

A talented artist, MORRISON POLKINGHORNE, will be taking over the Gallery at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra to showcase his unique art technique by the adaptation of pointillism classical art form.

Based in Battambang, Artist Morrison POLKINGHORNE unveils his grey- and black-toned paintings made from lotus stems and artisanal petal ink in Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra’s art gallery.


Monochrome ink wash paintings, classically from China and Japan, are amongst the world’s oldest artistic traditions. In his contemporary take, Morrison adapts pointillism to this classic art form: First by using lotus stems as his brush, and secondly by creating an organic ink from its flower petals that is both holistic and spiritual in nature

“I envision my pieces ecologically and holistically, with the kingdom’s nature and environment as the inspiration,” explains the artist. “Lotus stems are my paintbrush, while its flowers create my tones.” Just as with traditional Chinese and Japanese ink wash paintings, emphasis is on the refinement of every stroke’s varying depths of tone. Each row complements the last, expressing simple beauty and elegance in the final compositions. The resultant works evoke myriad Cambodian images: its waterways and deltas, “the kingdoms’ true lifeblood”; Angkorian pillars; to classical landscapes of misty mountains and tumbling waters”
– Morrison Polkinghorne

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