Saturday, October 23, 2010
GARDEN OF EDEN, WOODCUT PRINTS BY DONKAJOHN KAWEETARAPAKORN
Garden of Eden by Donkajohn Kaweetarapakorn
18 Nov 2010 - 5 jan 2011
Opening reception 18 Nov 2010 at 6.30 Pm.
Exotissimo Gallery in collaboration with Toot Yung Gallery is pleased to present “Garden of Eden”, the first solo exhibition of Chiang Mai based artist Donkajohn Kaweetarapakorn. Donkajohn Kaweetarapakorn is a self taught artist. He was born and raised in a rural area of North Thailand before coming to Chiang Mai for his studies. There he met the young Thai artist Sun. with whom he started to engage in the art world. He learned the technique of woodblock print which he has explored for the past two years. He lives in the mountain over Chiang Mai in a paradise like atmosphere where he leads a life in tune with nature and free of constraints of the modern city mores. Donkajohn is in search of a more vital and authentic way of life in which his creativity can evolve freely. With a deeply romantic vision of his art, Donkajohn sought to express the primal and elemental forces of life. His prints, done in an even very thin line, focus mainly on the human figure. The purity and simplicity of the line can be compared to some of the latest drawings and ceramic works by Jean Cocteau, also expressing themes of sexuality and gender as well as more symbolic approaches including stylized figures and animals.