Haritorn Akarapat is a Bangkok based artist, sculptor who uses shapes and figures with an incompa- rable sense of freedom formulating representation of mythologies that are both personal and rooted in Buddhist traditions. Born in 1961, after graduating from Silapakorn Uiversity, Akarapat started his career as a bronze sculptor showcasing his art in galleries and outdoors.
Akarapat’s work is easily recognizable as he developed a strong identity, exploring new ways to ap- proach the bronze and patina techniques.
The imprint of time in the matter not only expresses evolutionary search for pure form but it also highlights the complexity of thought that has gone into the making process, the emotional weight.
Haritorn’s work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions in Asia and Europe during the past twenty years, and held very noticed solo exhibitions with 100 Tonson Gallery and Tang Contemporary in Bangkok. He has been locally commissioned several major public bronze sculptures in temples, the Bangkok city center and the island of Koh Samed.
THE RATCHAPRASONG ART MAZE
With his freehand, hypnotic massive sculptures, artist Haritorn Akarapat wants to confront the passer by. As testimonies of the present and authentic emotions of the sculptor, these humanlike, very raw heads are here to awaken the viewer from a routine of “spectacular” images he is being fed in our consumerist society.
For this series, Haritorn approached the medium with the freedom of a self-taught artist, ready to break all the rules. His choice for non-noble material allows him to keep the trace of his action in the matter and deliver the sculpture with no artifice.
Throughout his career, and now more than ever, Haritorn is on the quest of liberating his art from this contemporary masquerade of the consumerist world, in which everything is just being made for appearance. The artist decides here to focus on what makes the nature of humankind; he builds on the emotional weight through shapes, which remind the six senses, but also hopes, fears and inner thoughts of everyday people.
Placed in this highly commercial junction, flooded by images of a parallel dreamed lifestyle, the artist makes a statement with his raw almost repulsive and frightening faces, which seem to warn the spectators of the dangers of our modern delusion.