Artist Phongsakorn Mahapaurya Comes 'Out Of The Darkness' At Woof Pack
For Phongsakorn Mahapaurya, art is what has stayed by his side through the up and downs of life. From his casual notebook sketches to larger oil paintings, the exhibition at Woof Pack on Saladaeng Soi 1 displays the sentiments and the journey Phongsakorn or Thank has been through. While Thank is famed for his career in acting and also as the son of the ex-Democrat Party politician and former finance minister Korn Chatikavanij, his personal life hasn't been smooth sailing. Thank's sister, Karn Chatikavanij, acts as the curator for this exhibition, Out Of The Darkness, to help put together her elder brother's narrative of finally coming out into the lightness.
From the black wall at the entrance, the exhibition unravels to us in chronological order. Starting from Thank's personal notebook sketches, the first frames confirm that this is where the drawer finds his solace. Through broken relationships amongst other problems, the artist ventured into a dark place, and it was addiction along with art that helped him carry on. With an educational background in jewellery design, his passion for art grew with his anxiety. The walls of the gallery boast dark scenes of the night—the only time Thank paints. Black backgrounds with illuminated subjects make up his personal style.
Wanting to experiment with dynamics and muscles, the painter has dedicated a whole collection to horses. As the curator discretely disclosed to us, the artist chose the majestic animal as his subject instead of human nudes to assimilate with more conservative audiences. But horses are also perfect for portraying power and movement. There is more than one technique being displayed within the exhibition, one of which is the Italian alla prima where the watercolour piece is painted in one sitting without waiting for different layers of paint to dry in between.
Walking towards the end of the gallery, we can feel the intense emotions being lifted as the tone of paintings become visibly brighter. The last piece on the other side of the room is called Into the Light. A young lad looking towards the left with an unwavering gaze that speaks of optimism and hope.
Phongsakorn Mahapaurya: Out Of The Darkness will be on display at Woof Pack art space until August 8, 2020.
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