Jirapat Tatsanasomboon, one of Thailand's leading artists whose works display interactions between Thai and Western culture, marks a new phase in with his exhibition "The Desires of Nonthok".
The Desires of Nonthok will be on show at Thavibu Gallery from Feb 2 to March 2. A private viewing will be held on Feb 2 at 5pm. The gallery is located at Silom Galleria on Silom Road and opens daily except Sundays from11amto 7pm. Call 02-266-5454.
Presented by Thavibu Gallery, the new series of intercultural paintings shows the artist has become more political than ever. Jirapat has reinterpreted the story of Nonthok, from the national epic Ramakien, and brought such issues as class, integrity and abuse of power to the forefront. The series is not only relevant to the continuing political crisis in Thailand, but also has universal themes.
The artist's re-reading of this politically-loaded subplot of the Ramakien focuses on the mind and desires of the servant-turned-enraged demon Nonthok _ who is later reincarnated as the 10-faced Thotsakan (Ravana), the arch-rival of Phra Ram (Rama).
The series makes clever use of Western elements in ways that mark a new phase in the artist's long-standing passion for intercultural experimentation.
Jirapat's works have been widely exhibited in South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, the US, India, Argentina, Monaco and China. His paintings were displayed during the "Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal" exhibition at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore last year. His works regularly sell at international auctions.