Old passions resurrected in oil painting exhibition

"Venus Resurrection" is the first exhibition by businessman-turned-artist Kraisak Chirachaisakul who showcases his oil-on-canvas paintings at the Galleria 3, 2nd floor of River City Bangkok, Charoen Krung 24, from until Oct 11.

In his youth, Kraisak enjoyed creating oil paintings that expressed the complexity of desire, beauty, sweetness, innocence and peace. More often than not, he captured this in still-life movements and poses of the female form.

But after randomly meeting a woman at an art gallery two years ago, he was once again reminded of his passion for still-life painting. The woman's name was Anastasia and her gentleness, sweetness and calm flooded his mind with memories of his younger self. He realised that his passion for romanticism had just been frozen in time.

Feeling his creative energy reignited by Anastasia, the former graphic designer took to his studio, picking up a paintbrush and putting oil on canvas for the first time in 30 years to create a series of paintings catching fragility, beauty and youth.

Also drawing upon the techniques learned as a print-maker, some of the works in this exhibition are in dry-point printmaking and mezzotint.

The title of this exhibition is inspired by Anastasia which is of Greek origin, coming from the word, Anastasis, which means "resurrection".

Curly Blonde by Kraisak Chirachaisakul. Photo courtesy of River City Bangkok

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