Paying tribute to the night

An oil-on-linen painting by Taweesak Ujugatanond. photo courtesy of La Lanta Fine Art

La Lanta Fine Art is showcasing "A Night Walker", a solo exhibition by renowned Thai abstract painter Taweesak Ujugatanond, which is running until June 3.

On show are more than 20 oil on linen paintings in various dimensions that explore limited colour palettes of black, blue and grey to represent "colours of the night".

The essence of each painting lies in the juxtaposition of density vs lightness; textural vs smooth; light vs dark; opaque vs transparent. These elements in the paintings serve as a vehicle to share an aesthetic experience between the artist and the viewer rather than to communicate an account of events through the picture.

The exhibition represents the culmination of his daily 12,000-step walk each day for the last 10 years from 2010 to 2020 -- a total of 43.8 million steps. He chose to walk at night. Philosophically, he is paying tribute to the world at night as if it shines a light on the inner wisdom of man. As a writer and painter, Taweesak's art is based largely on his interest in spiritual studies and philosophy. As well as being formally trained in painting at Silpakorn University, he was also an understudy to one of Thailand's most respected painters, Fua Hariphitak.

Moreover, additional private studies in anthroposophy and geometry philosophy in New York and spiritual training with Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village in France contribute to his distinctive approach in creating his abstract compositions.

La Lanta Fine Art is located at N22 Art Warehouse, Narathiwat Ratchanakharin 22 and is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm.


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