Opening - Thai artist Jirapat Tatsanasomboon @ Art Front Gallery

One of my favorite Thai artists Jirapat Tatsanasomboon has opened an exhibition of works done between 2007-2010 at the rather new Art Front Gallery on Cairnhill Road, off Orchard. The Chiang-Mai based artist often reappropriates famous paintings (from Matisse to Munch, Mondrian and many others) adding Thai characters and symbols to give them a new meaning, often commenting on the contemporary vs old Thailand and interaction between East and West. In some paintings, a Western superhero (Hulk, Superman) breaks through a Thai traditional decorative motifs, as piercing through the fabric of sociery. In other, character from the Ramayana wonder through iconic Western paintings. His pop-style art is often witty and colorful, always bringing a smile.