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Lot 083

NATEE UTARIT
b. Thailand, 1970

STUDY FOR CLASSICAL PROJECT: TITIAN, 2000


Signed 'Natee Utarit' (lower right)
Inscribed 'study for classical project 2000 Titian' (lower left)
Acrylic on arche paper
76cm x 56cm


PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur;
acquired through Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur.


ESTIMATE  RM 2,000 - 4,000
PRICE REALISED  RM 17,600

This study piece by Natee Utarit pays homage to the Italian painter from the Renaissance period, Tiziano Vecellio or Titian. Known for his remarkable use of colours and his tonal approach, Titian created atmospheric and evocative landscape style paintings. Here, Natee explores subdued colour palette in earthy tones accentuated by washes of white medium strokes.

As one of the leading contemporary artists in Southeast Asia, Natee places great emphasis in his understanding of painting, particularly Western classical art as his interest lies in assimilating his cultural roots into his works that covers a myriad of themes. He makes no apology for unabashedly using European art as entry points into his investigations and comparisons, with a sense of irony and depth. He investigates “the truth of painting and explore some hypothesis of western aesthetics in a Thai cultural context” in most of his works from 1999 to 2006.


REFERENCE
Natee Utarit: Dreams, Hope and Perfection, I
nterview with Natee Utarit by Beverly Yong, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, 2008.