Natee Utarit

b. 1970, Bangkok, Thailand
Lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand

Natee Utarit studied at the College of Fine Art in Bangkok, Thailand in 1987 and graduated in Graphic Arts at the Painting and Sculpture Faculty in Silpakorn University also in the Thai capital in 1991.

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 works 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.

Solo exhibitions include Optimism is Ridiculous: the Altarpieces, The Private Museum, Singapore (2018); Optimism is Ridiculous: the Altarpieces, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia (2017); Optimism is Ridiculous: the Altarpieces, Ayala Museum, Manila, the Philippines (2017); Illustration of the Crisis, Bangkok University Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand (2013); After Painting, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2010); and The Amusement of Dreams, Hope and Perfection, Art Center of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (2007). Recent group exhibitions include Beyond Bliss, Bangkok Art Biennale 2018, Bangkok, Thailand (2018); Contemporary Chaos, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway (2018); Thai Eye, BACC, Bangkok, Thailand and Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2016/2015); Art of ASEAN, Bank Negara Museum and Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2015); Time of Others, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (2015); and Asian Art Biennale 2013: Everyday Life, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan (2013).

His work is part of many renowned collections such as Bangkok University in the Thai capital; Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia; and Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, as well as private collections in Europe and across Asia.

Country: Thailand