Live painting event at Shangri-La Bangkok


Within the hotel scene something pretty unusual is taking place at Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok in September, worth a visit: a live painting guest appearance from the talented painting performer, Mr Brad Wilkinson from the U.S.!

At the hotel he is painting live in front of guests savouring cocktails, wine and food, and beautiful tunes from the live band – each time resulting in a painting that is also for sale with his interpretation of gorgeous-looking Thai women who have previously won beauty pageants.

The event ‘The Revitalization of Romanticism – The Wilkinson Art Endeavour’ takes place during the period 11-25 September 2016.

Live-Painting Show from Las Vegas is not exactly an everyday occurrence in Bangkok! Brad has been performing at some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, casinos and exclusive events and is currently touring the world and sharing his performances.


Each evening a different Thai beauty queen lines up to grace the event as live muses for Wilkinson.

“To see Wilkinson in action, with brush in hand, slashing and spattering on one of his outsized canvases in a bespoke suit and signature velvet loafers is to realise that he is much a performer as he is a painter. His famous live muses include world-famous designer Tom Ford, Indie pop singer Lana Del Ray Supermodels Kate Moss and Emily Ratajkowski and more.”

On the dates 21 – 24 September he performs from 7:00 pm until 10:30 pm.

Last chance is on 25 September, with a fun “Little Artists activity for the kids during NEXT2 Sunday Brunch. These fun watercolour painting session will help stimulate the kids’ imagination, with Wilkinson by their side to guide and coach them. Adults can join.


Upon our visit, which was the third evening for Mr Wilkinson at Shangri-La Bangkok, Muse of the Day was Miss Grand Thailand 2013, Yada Theppanom who sat down gracefully on a beige, Royal-looking Divan with a traditional Thai pillow support.

Two paintings so far – one horizontal, one vertical – disclosed gracious muses depicted on canvas, both with close eyes!

Upon commencing the evening’s performance Brad commented: “It will, in front of the media, be a bit faster and rougher tonight!”


The model, miss Yada, wore a silver crown (the very same she won) with a long dark-green long dress, and looked gracious in her black/wine red hair and golden high heels.

The live painting started off with Brad painting a reddish/peach background contour. Time went fast as it was fascinating to see the painting come to life during the less than three hours it took.

Proceeds from the sales of the paintings, via silent action (lots of interest among customers) will go to the Foundation for mentally retarded of Thailand.



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