Haritorn Akarapat is a Bankgog based artist, painter and sculptor who uses shapes and figures with an incomparable sense of freedom formulating representation of mythologies that are both personal and rooted in Buddhist traditions.
Born in 1961 Akarapat started his career as a bronze sculptor 20 years ago showcasing his art in galleries and outdoors in Thailand and Japan. Akarapat has recently started painting wide series of colorful masks, skulls and faces which are set in big dark light installations. He also made some illustrations for T-shirts and stickers with the Toot Yung Gallery.
Akarapat’s work is easily recognizable as he developed a strong identity, exploring new ways to approach the bronze and patina techniques, using shapes and figures with an incomparable sense of freedom. Haritorn’s process of simplifying his figures to the point of abstraction forms of great purity and balance could be considered as a way of meditation, a contemplation of his inner thoughts. The imprint of time in the matter not only expresses evolutionary search for pure form but it also highlights the complexity of thought that has gone into the making process, the emotional weight. The decedent and the minimal, formulate representation of mythologies that are both personal and rooted in Buddhist tradition.
His large installation consisting of over 120 pieces presented for his second solo exhibition “Lapse Of Memory” consists of a motionless and silent crowd busts and masks bronze colored patina remarkably. The time factor is very important in this latest installation. The imagination, emotions, and sensuality are part of the artist used very freely in clay, dancing between abstraction and figuration, at a specific time determined by the artist, these forms are set in plaster. Then he lets the weather, rain, sun, wind deposit scars over the years. Finally, the final work remains frozen forever in bronze. The artist draws a parallel between Buddhist philosophy and his work as a sculptor, letting show each step of his sculptures, as successions of lives, connected with each other.
Haritorn Akarapat lives and works in Bangkok.