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ART EXHIBITION IN BANGKOK BY VASAN SITTHIKET

LIVING ON EARTH ART EXHIBITION

For Vasan's profile, scroll down below images of paintings. For prices and more information, get in touch with Atsuko Suzuki or David Davies through the contact details on the bottom of the page.

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Akko Gallery proudly presents an art exhibition by well-known, contemporary Thai artist, Vasan Sitthiket. Each oil painting in the art exhibition measures 1m by 1m.

Vasan, Asia's number one social artist and, arguably, Thailand's most well known artist "per se," has composed a large variety of paintings for this show. Love him or hate him, for a long time the expressive works of Vasan Sitthiket have been created with an in-your-face force that makes them at once compelling and controversial.

His oeuvre is always a reaction against the social degradations that he sees around him in Thailand. The artist's sympathies lie very clearly with the
common folk who are the victims of social injustice.

Since staging his first exhibition in 1984, Vasan has experimented with various mediums - oil and acrylic painting, sculpture, wood-cut, performance, video and installations. Often, his shows are events that combine paintings, songs, angry speeches and often poetry.

Through his career, he has also self-published eight poetry books, and for the first time his poems will play a significant role in this new collection of oil paintings.

"Before, there was poetry that accompanied the images in some of my old paintings." Vasan recalls, "well, this time, I use poetry as a strategy. It is the first time poetry inspires and will form a part of the
composition on these new oils."

The inspiration came about when he stumbled on a book titled, Forgotten Ancient Poetry. In the book, it shows the symbolic relationship between two forms of art, namely Literature and Visual Art.

It teaches different poetry styles that are arranged to configure a picture or a pattern. The poems can be made to shape like a lotus or something as simple as a spiral too.

The artist revitalizes this neglected style in this series of work; hopefully to get the viewers to appreciate and understand this again.

"As for my poetry itself, most of my previous work is highlighting the problems but never actually showing the way out; the solution." Vasan says. "However, these new poems I have used in this series will reveal certain
routes people can take."

Four of the paintings in this series are self-portraits painted in black, white, red and yellow and representing the earth's four elements, earth, wind, fire and water.
Subjects such as a dog, a troll-looking guy, and disparate figures, are also featured prominently.

With most paintings having displays of grid-like patterns, Vasan discloses, "The subject depicted in the paintings is subtle but the message derived from my poetry in the composition is much, much stronger."



For more art information and prices get in touch with Atsuko Suzuki or David Davies through the contact details below. Or visit the real art gallery to see the real paintings. Map on bottom of home page.

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919/1 Sukhumvit Rd
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel :662 259 1436
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