An open window

By Pakitsilp Varamissara

24 Mar 18 - 30 Jun 18

“An Open Window” by Pakitsilp Varamissara is a blissful reflection of the Chiang Mai region; powerfully colored landscapes melt into the softest abstractions echoing at times traditional Thai paintings, discipline in which the artist was trained. Solitary stroller, oscillating between tradition and modernity, the artistic approach of Pakitsilp Varamissara subtly borrows the heritage of the Lanna School bringing it to a timeless level. He freely infringes Thai traditional painting codes, bringing them smoothly to fresh, modern and unique compositions. After several residency programs in France, initiated by the Toot Yung gallery in 2009, Pakitsilp Varamissara, inspired by the European masters (Matisse, Dufy, Bonnard, Picasso), radicalizes his technique. He adopts a formal simplicity bordering on abstraction and a brilliant refinement of color contrasts, which has become his trademark.

Pakitsilp Varamissara was born in Lopburi in 1954. He trained in the discipline of traditional Thai painting at Silapakorn University in Bangkok, which has served as a foundation for the artistic challenges of his impressive body of work. The rich cultural heritage of Thailand inspires the artist as he works to reconcile tradition and modernity, most recently achieving a simplicity that borders on abstraction. His fascinating oeuvre subtly interweaves symbols of Buddhist iconography, Thai folklore and everyday modern life. He held a retrospective in 2012 at Bangkok’s National Gallery gathering over 100 paintings from his early traditional period to his most contemporary works. Pakitsilp Varamissara is represented by the Toot Yung art center since 2009.