Lot 084

b. Thailand, 1970


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

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

ESTIMATE  RM 2,000 - 4,000

It is inconceivable that any common ground could be reached between the works of Titian and the present-day, and by virtue of Natee Utarit’s background, presumably the tropical clime that is Thailand. The great chasms of life, conditions, geography, knowledge and expertise between the two periods would create tension, anxiety and ambiguity. That Natee had chosen to mime European art icons, techniques and modes of representation could be that they are globalised readymades with infinite possibilities. Whether it is the lush colours or the play of light and shade or other aesthetical devices will become hostage to how the “representations” of the two periods, however vague, sit together and maybe project a fresh message. Is the work alluding to Titian’s masterpiece, Bacchus and Ariadne? As Singapore curator Michelle Ho put it: “(Though Natee Utarit’s works) are steeped in Western idioms… they use sophisticated strategies which critique those very traditions.”

An accomplished painter, Natee Utarit graduated with a BFA from Silpakorn University in 1992 majoring in painting, sculpture and graphic art. He has exhibited extensively around the world holding regular solo exhibitions in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Natee has participated in the Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Queensland Art Gallery, Australia in 1999 and ARS 01 in Helsinki, Finland (2001). The Singapore Art Museum hosted a major mid-career survey exhibition for Natee called Natee Utarit: After Painting in October 2010. His work were also included in the fringe component of the 2011 Venice Biennale called Future Pass-From Asia to the World. Natee’s work is in public collections
namely Queensland Art Gallery Australia, Singapore Art Museum, LaSalle SIA College of the Arts Singapore, Fine Art Museum of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Canvas Foundation in Amsterdam. He has also worked on public commissions such as the Metropolitan Hotel in Bangkok.