Bangkok, Thailand

Printmakers’ Assembly 2020: Kraisak Chirachaisakul

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About the Artist

Kraisak Chirachaisakul was born on March 15, 1962 in Bangkok, Thailand. Kraisak was interested in the arts from a very young age and attended Archivasilp Art College for his high school years, before furthering his studies at Silpakorn University. There, he studied art for over six years, but left before receiving an academic degree. 

He first started his artistic career creating catalogue artwork for a cosmetics company, then opened the first toy and model figures store in Thailand. After the political turbulence in 2010, he decided to return to what he had left behind for nearly twenty years, namely the art of printmaking, and has continued to do it ever since.

 

Artist Statement

A long time ago in my youth, I deeply enjoyed creating works of art that expressed the complexity of desire, beauty, sweetness, innocence and peace, through capturing the movements and poses of female figures. This concept faded over a period of time as I aged. Much later in my adulthood in the year 2018, I met a woman named Anastasia Maslova. The encounter immediately reignited the sense of beauty and romance that I had once attempted to capture, and returned me to a sense of awe and lightness. It was a poignant reminder that the ideas I had explored as a youth were far from gone, and I invited her to be the central figure for this series of drypoint prints. The use of multiple plates enables colour to play a definitive role in these settings, creating soft hues that cradle the gentle presence of the model and surrounding flora.

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