"Witthayu", an exhibition of paintings by British-born Bangkok resident Will Klose, whose works are deceptively quiet views of spaces and places from his adopted city, opens tomorrow at H Gallery Bangkok.
Essentially enlivened by a sense of intense deliberation, Klose explores the momentary effects of light and shadow on the seemingly casual poses of his sitter or the arrangements of objects.
A graduate of London's famous Camberwell College of Arts, Klose invigorates traditions notable to that school _ naturalism, neo-romanticism and abstraction as advanced by teachers and alumni such as William Coldstream, Keith Vaughan, John Minton and Euan Uglow.
The title, "Witthayu", refers to the district in Bangkok where Klose and his family live. The paintings depict interior views, often occupied by his wife who sits or poses before windows and doorways, thresholds that function as the predominant motifs in the series.
Figuration sometimes melds into abstraction as Klose's interest in light erases edges or definition with the play of tones. Time is captured acutely to give the impression of imminent change, and this symbolically mirrors Klose's concern with interior and exterior, domestic and urban, the individual and the environment and, ultimately, familiarity and alienation; a subtly provocative response for someone continuing to negotiate foreign terrain.
"Witthayu" will be on show at H Gallery Bangkok from tomorrow to Dec 2. The gallery is located on Sathon Soi 12 and opens daily except Tuesdays from 10am to 6pm. Call 08-1310-4428.