17th September - 11th October 2015
For his debut solo exhibition, emerging artist Kittisak Thapkoa’s series of delicate yet disturbing graphic drawings on canvas are a prophetic personal allegory to human sin, with the moral and spiritual fallout of such conduct.
Using pencil, charcoal and coloured powder, he imaginatively manifests a society incapable of escaping past evils with a sermonizing hope that his horrific imagery will help break the destructive cycle.
In Kittisak’s torturous judgmental renderings, twisted and broken limbs entangle and enflame with demonic bestial skulls and claws. Dramatic spikes rise to impale the damned in his woeful Inferno-like scenes that forebode on earthly waywardness. Through refined draftsmanship, the 26-year-old native of Nakon Ratchasima province exudes a conscience and moral countenance beyond his years.
Evoking symbolic underworld murals and carvings featured in the architecture of Buddhist temples, as well as depictions of hell and damnation that run through the canon of Christian art, Kittisak’s intricately drawn hellish visions display ethical characteristics.
Kittisak Thapkoa (b. 1989) holds a BA in Fine Artfrom Silpakorn University. He has participated in group exhibitions in Thailand and the U.S.A. and has been received several awards in domestic art competitions, including Toshiba’s “Bring Good Life” (2005, 2007, 2011), Krung Thai Bank National Art Award (2012), Bua Luang Painting (2012), UOB Art Award (2013), Amata Art Award (2013), and the Young Thai Artists Award (2012, 2014).
"Hell 1" สังฆาฏนรก, 2014
“Hell 2” อเวจี, 2015
“Hell 3” โรรุวมหานรก, 2015
“New creatures” สิ่งมีชีวิตใหม่, 2015
“Suffering hell”, 2015
“Truth” สัจธรรม, 2015