Art in Paradise is a fun and fresh take on an art gallery that has closed the divide between art and spectator with three-dimensional paintings that are interactive and laugh-out-loud funny.
Through clever use of shading and borders, artists have painted directly on to walls to create stunning images that trick our eyes into thinking animals are smashing through walls, friends are balancing over raging waterfalls and polar bears are stealing a sip of our coconut.
The gallery has over 100 individual art pieces in ten themed sections, covering optical illusions, wild animals, nature, past civilisations and reproductions of classic art with witty additions such as bright pink nail polish on a pre-Raphaelite beauty, or a pencil added to the Mona Lisa so you can be Leonardo Da Vinci… for a second, at least.
It takes around two hours to get around the whole gallery, although you can spend as little or as long as you wish interacting with the paintings.
There is nothing else quite like Art in Paradise in Pattaya as it is well thought out, professionally executed and is something the whole family can enjoy in any weather. The price is a sticking point however, at 500 baht for foreign adults and 300 baht for foreign children.
This pricing scheme seems a little high compared to the 150 baht Thai citizens are required to pay, but this is a common strategy employed by many tourist activities in Thailand. If you live in Thailand, you can show your work permit or driving license to gain entry at the Thai price irrespective of your nationality.
The art gallery is located on Pattaya 2nd Road, although the entrance is 20 metres up Pattaya Soi 2. Pattaya 2nd Road is a one-way street, so it’s very easy to find Art in Paradise, close to the Dolphin Roundabout in North Pattaya.
If visitors feel inspired by all the art they have witnessed, there is a shop near the entrance where they can buy art supplies, paints and paint-by-numbers canvases and there’s also a small café selling drinks and snacks.
Art in Paradise is the most amusing gallery you have probably ever been to and turns the whole art gallery experience on its head – making the viewer part of the art.
ART IN PARADISE