Therdkiat Wangwatcharakul

Thailand 1971


Therdkiat Wangwatcharakul
Therdkiat Wangwatcharakul
December 18, 2014

Therdkiat Wangwatcharakul is an artist from Thailand, born in 1971. He graduated in 2003 receiving a Master’s Degree in Painting from Silpakorn University, Bangkok.

Therdkiat often paints with oil on aluminum sheets and also oil on canvas. The use of aluminum makes his play with light and shadow unique. Typical to Therdkiat’s spatially sensitive compositions are his minimal urban scenes. Elevating the vernacular to sublimity, the artist draws attention to the subtle interplay of light and shadow, man-made and nature, by which he instills a mood of contemplation and meditation. Harnessing staining techniques that imbue his canvases with the same metallic veneer of his mainstay aluminum surfaces, Therdkiat is a master at evoking the loneliness of the big city. Despite the over-crowded milieu of the Asian sprawl, often individual citizens find themselves isolated and distant from loved ones. In Bangkok Station, Therdkiat refrains from earlier architecturally aligned works to spotlight the daily rituals of the capital’s inhabitants. Through greater suggestion towards a narrative, in the latest works dogs and pigeons vie for scraps and contribute to a street-side bestial community. These creatures assume their own personalities as they scavenge or seek respite from the scorching heat.

Therdkiat has participated in several exhibitions in Thailand, as well as in Singapore in 2001, Netherlands in 2002, Japan and Korea in 2003, Spain in 2005 and USA in 2006.  He was awarded the Jurors’ Choice Prize in the ASEAN Art Awards in 2000.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Recent PaintingsH Gallery - Bangkok, BangkokGroup
2011How Did I Get HereDa Wang Culture Highland, ChinaGroup
2011ConveyanceH Gallery, Bangkok, ThailandGroup
2010Bangkok StationThavibu Gallery, Bangkok, ThailandSolo
2009Charity of Thai Elephant Lumpang, BangkokGroup
2008Painting Exhibition to Commemorate The King 's 80th Birthday King Bhumibol Adulyadej : The Great AchieverThe Queen's Gallery, BangkokGroup
2008Light of LifeD Gallery, BangkokGroup
2008Borobodur AuctionSingaporeGroup
2008Spiritual Spaces - Celebrating Thavibu GalleryThavibu Gallery, BangkokGroup
2007Enduring RealityThe National Gallery, BangkokGroup
2006Art exhibition to Celebrate the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King's “Self – Sufficiency ” Silpakorn University, BangkokGroup
2006Tradition and Modernity in South East Asian ArtAsian Cultural Center, New YorkGroup
2005The Brightness of LifeThavibu Gallery, BangkokGroup
20051st Prize: The Identity of AndamanOffice of Contemporary Art & Culture, BangkokGroup
20041st Prize: 1st SAMART Contemporary Painting Exhibition of 50th SAMARTBangkok, ThailandGroup
2003Life must go onAkko Gallery, BangkokSolo
2003Chaos of lifeOnibaba due, JAPANGroup
2003Asia Art NowSeoul, South KoreaGroup
2003Santi Thongsuk and Therdkiat Wangwatcharakul - Thai LifeThavibu Gallery, BangkokDuo
2003Modernization & UrbanizationMarronnier Art Center, SeoulGroup
2002Made in BangkokGalerie op Zolder , Amsterdam, NatherlandSolo
2002National Art CompetitionThailandGroup
2001Art Singapore 2001SINGAPOREGroup
2001Life is lifeThavibu Gallery, BangkokGroup
2001Chaos of lifeOnibaba Due, JapanGroup
2000Juror’s Choice Prize: ASEAN Art AwardsSingaporeGroup
2000Life (1)Banbangkok Gallery (2000), BangkokSolo
2000Life 2Comme restaurannt, BangkokSolo
2000The 46th National Art ExhibitionBangkok, ThailandGroup
1999The 45th National Art ExhibitionBangkok, ThailandGroup
1999Philip Morris Group Art ExhibitionBangkok, ThailandGroup
1998The 44th National Art exhibitionBangkok, ThailandGroup
1998Philip Morris Group Art ExhibitionBangkok, ThailandGroup
1997The 9th Toshiba Art CompetitionBangkok, ThailandGroup
1996The 2nd Panasonic Contemporary Art exhibitionBangkok, ThailandGroup
1996The 8th Toshiba Art CompetitionBangkok, ThailandGroup
1995The 12th exhibition of Contemporary Art Young ArtistsBangkok, ThailandGroup
1995The 1st Panasonic Contemporary Art exhibitionBangkok, ThailandGroup