About the Artist
Wal Chirachaisakul first studied at the College of Fine Art, then pursued and received a degree in Graphic Arts from the Painting and Sculpture Faculty at Silpakorn University, both in Bangkok, Thailand. Recognised for his technical mastery of the mezzotint technique, Wal came in fourth in the prestigious printmaking competition held by the 8th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints in 2011. He has achieved many other accolades in countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Russia, Canada and Thailand.
After graduating in 2014, he converted his home into a gallery and printmaking studio called Kalwit Studio & Gallery in the centre of Bangkok city. There, he took on the role of Curator and Art Director, before passing his gallery business to his brother. He has since returned to his artistic practice full-time, focusing primarily on oil painting and mezzotint.
Trapped in a capitalist cycle, humanity, particularly its current generation, has mistaken material wealth, power and prosperity as a remedy for its unhappiness in life. Wal’s work often employs dark hues to symbolise how distanced many individuals are from being truly enlightened. The artist resorts to a Gothic and monochromatic approach to deliver a tense mood, a language and evocation that he counts as relatable and familiar to himself. His works serve as a reminder and awareness of the disturbing phenomenon of humankind endlessly chasing worldly desires, and question the possibility of attaining true peace and tranquility on earth.
All artwork images courtesy of the Artist.