315/26 Moo 12, Thepprasit Rd.
Banglamung / Pattaya City
Chonburi 20150 / Thailand
Director: Alan Kirkland-Roath
PRESS, MEDIA & PRIVATE COLLECTORS
"Body Talks" by Einhard Zang & Narakorn Sittites.
Private Viewing / Vernissage with body print live performance:
7 p.m., Saturday, March 25th, 2006
Open to the public: From Sunday, March 26th to Sunday, April 23rd, 2006
The Directors of Gallery Opium are delighted to present "Body Talks", with new works from established German Body Print Artist Einhard Zang and young Thai Art Painter Narakorn Sittites. Both artists paint figurative pictures, but having a completely different way of approaching the subject.
The human bodies in Einhard Zang's paintings get their form by body printing, which is the oldest style of art painting first seen on prehistoric wall paintings in the caves of Altamira, Lascaux and the Central Sahara. These cave paintings revealed printed hands in combination with images from animals. The results of Zang's adaptation of this technique are life studies that are astonishingly erotic and lyric - near to reality and at the same time distant from it.
Zang's bodies are printed with acrylic colour on canvas, cardboard, or paper, and with a light hand he gives them outlines. His large life studies seem to glow and they combine natural allure and artistic abstraction. Zang explains the subtle erotic of his paintings with the fact that the model takes part in the creation of the painting, leaving a personal mark behind, stating the fact "I really was there".
Einhard Zang is a well known artist in many European countries and now exhibits his paintings for the first time in Asia. He will be giving a live performance of his body print technique on Saturday, March 25th at Gallery Opium.
Narakorn Sittites is currently studying for his Masterís Degree in fine arts at Silpakorn University, Bangkok, but has already made his name as a very special figurative artist. In his paintings he usually takes himself as a model, painting his face and body in a very detailed but often monochrome style. Although the onlooker may be impressed by the surface of the painted skin, it is the inner mood Narakorn tries to express. Many of Narakorn's paintings are already sold, so it will be very interesting to see what art works he will be presenting in this exhibition.