Art lovers asked to ponder the seen and unseen

Number 1 Gallery presents "Obscurum", a solo exhibition by Thai artist Pat Yingcharoen, who reflects his personal feelings towards the present situation in society through art, until July 3.

Danse Macabre by Pat Yingcharoen. photo courtesy of Number 1 Gallery

On display are a collection of oil-on-linen paintings created over the past few months out of frustration and hopelessness about the future of Thailand as the country is beset by an economic recession, political instability and long-standing social conflicts, as well as the tremendous impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The artist has chosen to use "Obscurum", a Latin term meaning "darkness", as the title of this exhibition to express his concerns about the current chaotic and hopeless circumstances that are obscuring thoughts about the country's future.

His works are influenced by the poem Theogony by Hesiod in Greek mythology, which says: "Before Gaia or the earth or everything in this universe existed, chaos had already emerged."

Glance by Pat Yingcharoen. Number 1 Gallery

In this art series, he appropriated and assembled a historical painting to remake it with a new technique to deliver rather abstract messages to viewers. His works are full of emotions and some carry messages that need to be decoded because they cannot be said in a straightforward way.

The exhibition will force viewers to ponder the truth about the essentials of the universe, including us.

A familiar name among art lovers and collectors, Pat has exhibited locally and internationally at Art Expo Malaysia in 2018 and 2019, Art Central Hong Kong 2019, and Art Fair Philippines 2020. He is currently a guest instructor at the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University.

Number 1 Gallery is on Silom 21 and open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 7pm.

Visit number1gallery.com or call 02-630-2523 or 083-120-5220.

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