Chisanuphol Presamvorakitkool

— Modern Thai Artist

Chisanuphol Presamvorakitkool or shortly nicknamed ‘Kao’ is an artist who paints from an environmentalist perspective. His work revolves around the beauty of nature, raising appreciation for the wonders of nature and its overall benefit towards the planet. With deep insight into Buddhist studies, he applies this contextually to the conceptualization of his work and delivers this message thoroughly through his woodcut prints.

The artist’s passion for art started to grow when he was introduced to the process of printing during his art classes in highschool. Holding on to this interest, he proceeded to continue his art studies in university and dig deeper into the industry. This allowed him to gain more knowledge on printing and become an expert, leading to an art career as a result. “Printing, as one may know, requires a lot of patience and anticipation. You never know the result of your work until you’re at the final step so you’re basically working blindly,” Presamvorakitkool explains. This process has changed the artist’s mindset and turned him into an easy-going person. With printing, he has to be able to look over the steps and visualize the final results, so not thinking too deeply about the steps in between was a skill that he acquired along the way.

Concept

Presamvorakitkool openly expresses his admiration of nature and his firm intention that his works would revolve around the vast subject matter. He aims to spread awareness on nature conservation and the consequences of ignorance regarding this topic. “If we push the problem away, it’ll only get bigger. I want people to see what could happen when we lose it eventually to our own greed. I want people to see why we should conserve it,” He explains his concept.

The woodcut printworks of the artist accentuates every intricate detail of nature and its amazing, yet complicated features. From the small strands that hang from the leaves to the texture of the treebark – Presamvorakitkool highlights every corner with dignity to enhance the natural atmosphere and grab the attention of the viewers. Seeing this enables us to appreciate the wildness of the environment and how these distinct patterns can be effortlessly produced by the inevitable movement of the world.

“With my personal problems at the time, I turned and opened my heart to religion, specifically Buddhism when I was at my lowest,” The artist recalls. Relating this topic to Buddhism creates a correlation between ideas and moral values. In buddhist religion, letting go and remaining calm is taught as one of the essential aspects to living a peaceful life. This is taught and practiced among many Buddhist followers, but according to the artist, it became more of a life practice more than religious input. “With these ideas in mind, I drew the connections between Buddhism and the environment; communicating how a simple life could lead to less disturbance to nature,” He describes. “Struggling with depression, I’ve always ignored anything non-science supported and refused to learn about religion. However, as I was left with no other option, there was no reason for me to not try and I’m glad I did,” The artist openly admits.

Technique

His works remain modern – the artist has the intention to resonate with a younger audience because of the ever-present issue he’s discussing. “I want my conscience to be understood and for viewers to be able to grasp my idea and see the criticality of it,” Presamvorakitkool states. “It’s not an issue that should be solved by tomorrow. It’s an issue we need to commit to solving,” He finishes. The main theme is to glorify nature while also modernizing the idea of it.

The main technique before was woodcut print. Engraving patterns of wood is quite an ancient technique, but with his modifications and skills in this area, he is able to make a more modernized version of the technique thus making his work more relatable and touchable amongst audiences. “After a while I decided to not use wood. I hate that I was using nature’s resources to communicate my message. It completely defeats the purpose of my concept,” He explains. With this into consideration, he has turned to resin instead.

Chisanuphol Presamvorakitkool

— Modern Thai Artist

Chisanuphol Presamvorakitkool or shortly nicknamed ‘Kao’ is an artist who paints from an environmentalist perspective. His work revolves around the beauty of nature, raising appreciation for the wonders of nature and its overall benefit towards the planet. With deep insight into Buddhist studies, he applies this contextually to the conceptualization of his work and delivers this message thoroughly through his woodcut prints.

The artist’s passion for art started to grow when he was introduced to the process of printing during his art classes in highschool. Holding on to this interest, he proceeded to continue his art studies in university and dig deeper into the industry. This allowed him to gain more knowledge on printing and become an expert, leading to an art career as a result. “Printing, as one may know, requires a lot of patience and anticipation. You never know the result of your work until you’re at the final step so you’re basically working blindly,” Presamvorakitkool explains. This process has changed the artist’s mindset and turned him into an easy-going person. With printing, he has to be able to look over the steps and visualize the final results, so not thinking too deeply about the steps in between was a skill that he acquired along the way.

Concept

Presamvorakitkool openly expresses his admiration of nature and his firm intention that his works would revolve around the vast subject matter. He aims to spread awareness on nature conservation and the consequences of ignorance regarding this topic. “If we push the problem away, it’ll only get bigger. I want people to see what could happen when we lose it eventually to our own greed. I want people to see why we should conserve it,” He explains his concept.

The woodcut printworks of the artist accentuates every intricate detail of nature and its amazing, yet complicated features. From the small strands that hang from the leaves to the texture of the treebark – Presamvorakitkool highlights every corner with dignity to enhance the natural atmosphere and grab the attention of the viewers. Seeing this enables us to appreciate the wildness of the environment and how these distinct patterns can be effortlessly produced by the inevitable movement of the world.

“With my personal problems at the time, I turned and opened my heart to religion, specifically Buddhism when I was at my lowest,” The artist recalls. Relating this topic to Buddhism creates a correlation between ideas and moral values. In buddhist religion, letting go and remaining calm is taught as one of the essential aspects to living a peaceful life. This is taught and practiced among many Buddhist followers, but according to the artist, it became more of a life practice more than religious input. “With these ideas in mind, I drew the connections between Buddhism and the environment; communicating how a simple life could lead to less disturbance to nature,” He describes. “Struggling with depression, I’ve always ignored anything non-science supported and refused to learn about religion. However, as I was left with no other option, there was no reason for me to not try and I’m glad I did,” The artist openly admits.

Technique

His works remain modern – the artist has the intention to resonate with a younger audience because of the ever-present issue he’s discussing. “I want my conscience to be understood and for viewers to be able to grasp my idea and see the criticality of it,” Presamvorakitkool states. “It’s not an issue that should be solved by tomorrow. It’s an issue we need to commit to solving,” He finishes. The main theme is to glorify nature while also modernizing the idea of it.

The main technique before was woodcut print. Engraving patterns of wood is quite an ancient technique, but with his modifications and skills in this area, he is able to make a more modernized version of the technique thus making his work more relatable and touchable amongst audiences. “After a while I decided to not use wood. I hate that I was using nature’s resources to communicate my message. It completely defeats the purpose of my concept,” He explains. With this into consideration, he has turned to resin instead.

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