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Lot 108

NATEE UTARIT
b. Thailand, 1970

REMEMBER ME I (THE IMAGE OF MADE IN CHINA ITALIAN TOY BY THAI PAINTER FOR MALAYSIAN GALLERY), 2004

Signed and inscribed 'Remember Me 04' on reverse
Oil on canvas
60cm x 45cm

PROVENANCE
Private collection, Kuala Lumpur; acquired through Valentine Wille Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur.


ESTIMATE  RM 16,000 - 25,000

PRICE REALISED RM 29,120

Illustrated here is a portrait of the fictional character Pinocchio, an iconic protagonist of the children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883), by the Italian writer Carlo Collodi. Carved by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a small Italian village, he was created as a wooden puppet, but dreamed of becoming a real boy. He has also been used as a character that is prone to telling lies and fabricating stories for various reasons. Pinocchio is known for having a short nose that becomes longer when he is under stress especially while lying.

As one of the leading contemporary artists in Southeast Asia, Natee Utarit 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. 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 was 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.


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