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Presenting an art exhibition by the famous Thai social artist Vasan Sitthiket
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LIVING ON EARTH

From Friday the 1st,
to Sunday
the 24th of March

For images of paintings in the art exhibition, scroll down below the following text.

The art exhibition, held at Akko Gallery, is 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.

For Vasan's full profile text, scroll down below art images of paintings. Also, find art exhibition contact details on bottom of 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."



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For prices and other details, contact
the curator, Atsuko Davies,
at:

Akko Art Gallery
919/1 Sukhumvit Rd
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel :662 259 1436
Fax :662 662 4209

Opening hours
Sundays: 2pm - 7pm
Daily :10am - 7pm

Tel: (66-2) 259 1436

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