Illusions of Liberty,
Acrylic on canvas paintings
YenakART Villa Bangkok
1 Dec '17 - 31 Mar '18
For Jirapat Tatsanasomboon, one of the '100 Painters For Tomorrow' from the 2014 book of renowned London-based art publishing house Thames & Hudson, liberty has always been a guideline in art.
Jirapat has been confronting for the last 20 years modern western icons with the
most representative and traditional figures of Thai culture, the characters of the Ramakien. He kept this iconography despite the polemics in Thailand. He was
warning about the dangers of globalized popular culture and he was claiming
the right for Thais to protect their own culture in the globalized village.
His quest for liberty has nowadays moved from a collective to a more individual perspective, thus being more universal, addressing more directly the problems of
social inequalities and democracy, freedom of expression and morality in politics.
In his new solo show at YenakArt Villa, Bangkok, he will exhibit 22 paintings, never shown before, in his very recognizable iconographic style, made of bright colors and references to pop-art, transposing Thai traditional figures into Western culture, and vice versa.
One of the highlights of this exhibition will be found at the entrance of the gallery, on a 5x5m wall, with an impressive set of 9 large portraits derived from archetypes of the Ramakien, depicting human behavior in a contemporary socio-political context: power abuse, anger, lust, greed, delusion but also loyalty. In a clear reference to Andy Warhol's camouflaged self-portraits, Jirapat is taking a new look at traditional Khon masks, while still preserving their original significance.
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 2pm-7pm / Sat 11am-7pm