Contemporary Thai artist, Natee Utarit has amassed quite a fan base with paintings that often serve as metaphors and can be seen in the collections at Bangkok University, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Singapore Art Museum and in private collections across Europe and Asia. His works were initially influenced by German Expressionism and abstract art before expanding to connect with photography and classical Western art that allude to Thailand’s history or current social and political landscapes. As such, he is considered as one of Southeast Asia’s most prominent contemporary artists.
This May, he brings his insightful work to Kuala Lumpur with an exhibition entitled It Would Be Silly to Be Jealous of a Flower at Richard Koh Fine Art. Utarit brings forth 29 still-life paintings of flowers that serve as depictions of melancholic and imperfect botanical images that journal the questions and observations of his everyday life.
“Flowers and paintings of flowers aren’t the same thing – even though there is a connection. In a still life the flowers are free. They are what they are. They are brought forth to be a painting. They are not meant to be an image representing flowers.” – excerpt from Forget Me Not With Artist Palette, 13 -12-2016, Artist Note by Natee Utarit.
Details of the exhibition as below:
Opening Night : 18th May, 5-8pm
Dates : 18 May to 8 June 2017
Location : Richard Koh Fine Art, 229 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala