Chulalongkorn University's Art Centre presents "Tii Tai Krua", the latest art project by Tawan Wattuya, one of today's most important Thai painters, who is well known for his unique approach to watercolours and thought-provoking subject matters.
Dealing with subjects such as politics, sexuality and identity, he tackles Thai society's taboos in an exuberant manner.
Tawan usually recreates images found through internet searches and in both old and new magazines. For the first time, "live model painting" will be the centre of this art project.
After painting gatherings such as beauty contestants, teenage gangs, scouts, students and football teams, it was only natural that Tawan's attention was drawn to the social group directly evolving around him, the actors in the contemporary art scene in Thailand.
Inspired by a tradition of family portraits throughout art history, he will compose a gigantic piece representing the local art community.
Evoking Navin Rawanchaikul's SUPER(M)ART Bangkok Survivors (2004), which depicted famous artists and curators in a crowded Paolo Veronese-style setting, Tawan will produce a huge watercolour of Bangkok's contemporary art scene, assuredly spiced with humorous critique.
By using a classical medium and subject, the artist challenges traditional art and historical representations of group portraits, royal court family portraits, religious group representations of the sacred family, and saints.
October 10, 2013 to November 01, 2013
- Open days
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Art Centre, 7th floor of the Centre of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University, 254, Phayathai Rd., Pathum Wan, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
- Phone number
+66 (0) 2-218-2965
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