16. Dum Vita Est, Spes Est (Giant Lotus in The Pond after Krua In-Kong) (2020)
80About the Artwork
The artwork is inspired by a mid-19th century mural painting of a lotus flower by Krua In-Kong, a painter (and monk) under the patronage of King Rama IV. It is an artwork that has been profusely dissected by researchers for its significance in Asian art history. In this context, it speaks of hope and wisdom in the midst of the current global situation. The Latin title translates to, “While There is Life, there is Hope”; a reminder to the viewer.
About the Artist
Natee Utarit’s multifaceted practice focuses on the exploration of the medium of painting connecting it with photography and classical Western art. Light and perspective are some of the elements the artist chose to work with, focusing on painting as a means to explore image making. His complex pictures, juggle wide-ranging metaphors usually in the format of the traditional still life, allude to Thailand’s current social and political landscapes.
Selected solo exhibitions include Optimism is Ridiculous: the Altarpieces, The Private Museum, Singapore (2018), Optimism is Ridiculous: the Altarpieces, Ayala Museum, Manila, the Philippines (2017), and After Painting, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2010). His work is in several renowned collections, such as the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, as well as private collections in Europe and Asia.
Dum Vita Est, Spes Est (Giant Lotus in The Pond after Krua In-Kong) is donated by Artist and Richard Koh Fine Art.
Artwork image courtesy of the Artist and Richard Koh Fine Art; profile image by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, courtesy of the Artist and Richard Koh Fine Art
Woodblock print on rice paper
124.5 x 117.5 x 4.5 cm
Edition 9 of 10
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