Exhibition recreates famous works with a twist

My Balloon by Prawit Lumcharoen. photo courtesy of Number 1 Gallery

Artworks of world-renowned artists are presented in a new setting that involves an appearance of a funny yet unique character during "I Am You", which is running at Number 1 Gallery, until Feb 26.

This is a solo exhibition by Prawit Lumcharoen who brings back WIT, his signature character of a fat boy with his hilarious facial expression and metallic-coloured body, to be part of his oil paintings.

Created to look similar to the artist himself, the character represents a human in the modern world.

WIT has recreated within homages to original artworks by Prawit's favourite artists -- Banksy, Andrew Wyeth, Jeff Koons, Jean–Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

The collection includes My Balloon, which imitates Banksy's Girl With Balloon, a stencil mural depicting a young girl with her hand extended towards a red heart-shaped balloon carried away by the wind.

While the original work tells about the loss of hope, dreams, love and innocence, his painting instead shows the fat boy joyfully bringing back many balloons to her.

The artist also pokes fun at Wyeth's Christina's World, a famous art print that depicts a young woman from behind, wearing a pink dress and lying in a grassy field.

In his comparable Single Mom, Prawit instead portrays an Asian female lying down in a big field without trees, full of isolation and loneliness, among her five children. All of his paintings are meant to be ridiculous. The artist only wants to step into the world of his favourite artworks and use his imagination to recreate them in his own style.

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

Visit number1gallery.com or call 02-630-2523.

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