Natee Utarit, Tales of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, 2009, oil on linen, 240 x 200 cm, Singapore Art Museum collection

Until the 20th of  February 2011 – Singapore Art Museum

Predictions of the end of painting have been with us for over a century. Within Southeast Asia however, painting continues to develop as a major medium of artistic expression with its own unique aesthetic sensibilities, and it is in this context that the Singapore Art Museum presents After Painting, a mid-career survey of Thai artist Natee Utarit.

An exceptional painter whose career spans over two decades, Natee’s stunningly vivid paintings have for a long time, been a series of dialogues and debates on established Western painting traditions; his ultimate aim to develop new possibilities for painting. The artist’s recent work, however, has increasingly been commentaries on Thai society and identity, and helps place him among his fellow Southeast Asian artists who continue to use visual art as a way of reflecting on the changing social-political situations in the region. Natee Utarit: After Painting features more than 70 paintings drawn from the Singapore Art Museum, the Bangkok University, the Queensland Art Gallery as well as private collections in Europe, Asia and the region.

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