About Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew

Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew Art

Winner of the prestigious Sovereign Asian Art Prize in 2006, Thai artist Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew has developed a unique method of creating haunting images of ethereal figures printed on multiple layers of screen, with threads interwoven and suspended throughout these layers, suggesting our deep psychic ties with others and our ancestry, and simultaneously the frailty and temporality of these connections. "His works start from a canvas backdrop that is set inside a deep casement, and that is then lightly veiled by multiple layers of thread and netting. The artist paints (as well as prints with an inkjet) not only on the canvas but also on the thread and netting in order to create shimmering portraits and figurative scenes," writes Canadian gallerist Craig Scott.

These portraits are frequently of his mother, the source of his artistic inspiration, as well an important symbol of ancestry and temporality. "For me, it all starts with the relationship that I have with my mother. As I see my mother every day growing older, growing weaker, I know she will eventually be gone from me. It makes me fearful and worry, but I also know it is a part of life," Uttaporn explains. Each piece is an exploration into the essence of impermanence, and the cycles of natural life. "I intentionally draw the threads through the netting and leave them drooping to suggest a life flowing, of aging, and physical degeneration," Uttaporn says. "Everything is in a state of decay and decrepitude, but with death comes rebirth and that's a beautiful thing."

Uttaporn's first American exhibition will be held in the Bill Lowe Gallery Santa Monica in Fall 2007. He is the recipient of numerous First Prize artistic awards in Thailand, and has been favorably reviewed in Asian Art News, the premiere arts publication in Asia. Uttaporn has earned a Master of Fine Arts in Painting at Silapakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand. He is now an art instructor in painting at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand.

Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew Painting

Born
1980 in Bangkok, Thailand
Lives and works in Thailand

Education
2006 M.F.A. Painting, Silapakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
2004 B.F.A. Painting, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand

SElected solo exhibitions
2007  "The Painted Veil," Bill Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
--        "Introducing Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew," Craig Scott Gallery, Toronto, Canada

selected GROUP Exhibitions
2006 "Memory to the King: the 7th Thai Contemporary Art Exhibition," Art Centre, Silapakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
2004 "An Art Exhibition on the Auspicious Occasion of the 60th Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand

SELECTED Awards AND HONORS
2007 Finalist for BEPPU Biennele of Contemporary Art Exhibition, Japan
2006 Prestigious First Prize, The Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong
2005 3rd Prize, The Second Amada Art Award, Bangkok, Thailand
-- 1st Prize, The 7th Panasonic Contemporary Painting Competition, Bangkok, Thailand
-- 1st Prize, The 17th Toshiba Art Competition, Bangkok, Thailand
2004 1st Prize, The 18th Thailand Petroleum Authority’s Art Competition, Bangkok, Thailand
2003 Award Winner, The 5th Panasonic Contemporary Painting Competition, Bangkok, Thailand
-- Award Winner, The 15th Toshiba Art Competition, Bangkok, Thailand
-- Award Winner, Art Competition of Thailand sponsored by Phillip Morris, Bangkok, Thailand
2002 1st Prize, Gold Medal, the 19th Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Young Artists, Thailand
-- Special Award, The 14th Toshiba Art Competition, Bangkok, Thailand
-- Honorable Mention, The 7th Hitachi Painting Contest

Selected PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS
Gagliardi, Jason, “Mater of Style,” The Sunday Morning Post, June 11, 2006.
Thomson, Jonathan, “Inevitable Cycles,” Asian Art News, July/August 2006.
Zilberdik, Nan Jacques, “Patrons of Art,” Voyager, January 2007

 

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