Teppong Hongsrimuang and Jakkee Kongkaew Exhibition

Jakkee Kongkaew, woodcut

Jakkee Kongkaew, woodcut

9th June - 22nd July 2016

This is the first UK exhibition by Thai artists Teppong Hongsrimuang and Jakkee Kongkaew. Both artists create large scale woodcuts focusing on detailed observations of everyday life and landscape. Hongsrimuang has won numerous awards for his social realist depictions of temporary shacks that house construction workers on building sites. He seeks to reveal the labourer camp’s human stories through the careful rendering of objects which reveal the cultural origin of the workers, many of whom travel from the countryside to find employment. Utilising only tone Hongsrimuang manages to give the corrugated tin shacks a monumental quality, reflective of his respect for the workers who live in them.

Jakkee Kongkaew’s approach to woodcut is informed by master printer Prayat Pongdam who’s works explored nature, folk cultures and the Thai rural spirit. For Kongkaew each minute detail contains within it a beauty reflective of the whole. This is illustrated in ‘The Aesthetic of a Cliff’. These cliffs can be seen in almost every Thailand area and are a sign that the stone mining industry has scarred and disfigured the rock surface through the practice of detonated explosions. This mining feeds the construction industry’s appetite for earth materials to meet the demands of the expansive population growth and economic development.

Kongkaew states, “The resources from nature were always brought to make life more comfortable and better for humans. Yet humans forget the importance of nature and how we totally depend on it like a child depends on its mother. In my eyes, the cliffs are always full of the beauty of harmony and texture within the layers of stone. I see a miracle of nature in that the cliff reveals the deep history of the past. I like to engrave the smallest lines by the smallest tool, making a pattern and texture from the cliff in a semi-abstract style. Finally, I want my audiences to realise the importance of nature and saving the natural resources.”

Teppong Hongsrimuang obtained a B.F.A from the Faculty of Fine Arts Printmaking at Chiang Mai University. Exhibitions include The 30th Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Young Artists (2013), The 1st Exhibition BAM cultural heritage of Lanna (2013), The 6th Group Exhibition “Print as Prints”(2013), The 3rd White Elephant Art Award “My Homeland” (2014) and International Print Biennial Łódź, Poland (2016). Awards include - Support Award: The 30th Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Young Artists (2014) - honoured for outstanding in the field of printmaking. Faculty of Fine Arts; Winner of the contest: The 1st Exhibition BAM cultural heritage of Lanna (2014) - Award Contest: Sriracha livable City (2014); 2nd Prize (Silver Medal) The 31st Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Young Artists (2015) Support Award of Krung Thai Bank: The 60th National Exhibition of Art Thailand (2015), Winner of the contest: The 2st Exhibition BAM cultural heritage of Lanna (2015). Support Award of Krung Thai Bank: The 61th National Exhibition of Art Thailand (2016)

Jakkee Kongkaew studied B.F.A. in Printmaking, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chiang Mai University. He is currently studying for an M.F.A. in Visual Arts (Printmaking), Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University. He has been awarded the Silver Medal Award 59th National Art Exhibition of Thailand; Second Prize Krung Thai Support Award 60th National Art Exhibition of Thailand, The Second Runner Up Award in Good Agriculture Good Kingdom Life Art Exhibition from Kasetsart University; First Runner Up Award 1st Krung Thai Bank Art Exhibition, Complimentary Award 2rd and 3rd White Elephant Art Exhibition, Bronze Medal Award” UOB Painting of the Year from UOB Bank.

This exhibition represents Seacourt’s commitment to raise the profile of contemporary printmaking by exhibiting high quality work by international artists. The exhibition opens on the 9th June and continues to the 22nd July. Gallery times 9.30-4.30 Monday – Friday. Saturdays by appointment