MIT JAI INN - ‘A SOLO EXHIBITION’

16mar01aprMIT JAI INN - ‘A SOLO EXHIBITION’LONDON
A renowned figure of contemporary art in Thailand, Mit Jai Inn is celebrated for his colourful artworks that merge painting and sculpture. Featuring works from his recent ‘Dreamworld’ exhibition at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, the three week show presents recent and new works made for Ikon which embody his vision of art “as a utopian dream within everyday life” and collective hopes for a brighter future.

Event Details

Mit Jai Inn – ‘A Solo Exhibition’ 

16 March – 01 April 2022 

106 New Oxford Street, London, United Kingdom 

“When I paint, it’s not only with my eyes, but with all of my senses: touch, smell, movement. The whole entity.” — Mit Jai Inn 

APSARA Studio and Silverlens in collaboration with Ikon are thrilled to present the first solo exhibition in London by leading Thai artist Mit Jai Inn (b.1960, Chiang Mai). A renowned figure of contemporary art in Thailand, Mit is celebrated for his colourful artworks that merge painting and sculpture. Featuring works from his recent Dreamworld exhibition at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, the three week show presents recent and new works made for Ikon which embody his vision of art “as a utopian dream within everyday life” and collective hopes for a brighter future. 

As written by Ikon Curator Melanie Pocock: “A republican and activist, Mit’s works often convey his resistance to the Thai monarchy and military rule. Since 2020, popular protests in Thailand have called for political reform and for King Maha Vajiralongkorn to step down. Though punishable by imprisonment, thousands of people, including Mit, continue to campaign at their own risk, galvanised by the possibility of change. At times, colours in Mit’s works such as red, blue, yellow and silver reference Thai politics and his indigenous Yong heritage. Their defiance of traditional formats of painting also convey his rebellious spirit. 

For Mit, painting is both intensely physical and deeply meditative. Using his hands, fingers and, occasionally, a palette knife, he dabs, slaps and pulls colours across the canvas, blending them intuitively. The thick consistency of his paints is derived from a mixture of old oil paint, gypsum powder, colour pigments and acrylic paints, loosened with linseed oil. Reflective minerals increase the dazzling effect of their combined colours and give them their “magic” glow.” 

Image Credit: Mit Jai Inn and Ikon Gallery 

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Time

March 16 (Wednesday) 11:00 pm - April 1 (Friday) 6:00 pm

Location

London, UK