From NUMBER 1 GALLERY
Number 1 Gallery, established in 2006, has swiftly established itself as one of the country’s most productive exhibition places and a dedicated representative of Thai art. The modern gallery comprises about 600 square meters in the art and craft enclave of Silom Galleria, which is located in the heart of Bangkok’s business sector.
The gallery’s Thai proprietors are committed to the long-term growth of art in Thailand, as shown by the Thai sign for the number one–in its logo. This is evident in the increasing monthly exhibition calendar, which draws a dedicated and expanding audience. We promote a diverse range of exhibiting emerging artists, established contemporary practitioners such as Vasan Sitthiket, Sutee Kunavichayanont, and Thaweesak Srithongdee, as well as senior National Artists such as Pichai Nirand, Thawee Ratchaneekorn, and Preecha Thaothong.
After participating in regional art fairs in Hong Kong, Taipei, Malaysia, and Singapore, Number 1 is poised to expand our international marketing of Thai art.
“Manifest Destiny”, a solo show presented in partnership with Number 1 Gallery, features a collection of stunning oil paintings by Arnont Lertpullpol. The depictions of masses of destitute people or unkempt troops with monster features and blank eyes fighting to survive, as well as the one with a person whose suspicious grin totally masks his villainy, are masterpieces that catch unique attention. Some of the paintings are created with purposely placed colors, while others are created simply by drawing lines, quick movement of brushstrokes, and excellent coloration. These strategies are used to solve problems in politics, international affairs, human relationships, rivalry for personal gain, and conflicts, which are unquestionably inflicting irreparable harm to humanity.
Three movements serve as the framework for “Manifest Destiny”. The first is racism, or skin color discrimination, in which it is considered that persons of a specific skin color possess attributes and features superior to those of various skin colors. The second is nationalism, and the third is expansionism, which is quite visible presently, with certain nations becoming international leaders in the twentieth century due to their rising supply of lethal weaponry, military resources, and purpose to launch conflict. Such practices are used to impose their own political dogma on others in order to homogenize mankind regardless of philosophical and cultural differences and to reap benefits for personal gain without regard for moral and ethical principles. Is this the nature of so-called “power”?
“Manifest Destiny” is an exhibition that reflects awareness of moral conflicts and ethical principles adhered to by humans to justify and legitimize their own actions through oil paintings that feature humans and various events. Despite people’s assurances that their actions are just and morally justified, what appears in the news every day is dominated by dreadful wars and inhumane crimes. The artist not only expresses these atrocities through the finished paintings but also reveals them during the sketching process by leaving some traces as minuscule blank spaces to be colored thickly and neatly, with each color remaining in its own space and not blending with each other. The artist utilizes this method to recall his childhood when he had to apply each color in the line to each blank space, and when all of them were colored, the entire picture appeared in front of the young artist. While this approach may limit his creative possibilities, it is perfectly consistent with the three movements on which “Manifest Destiny” is based.
Arnont Lertpullpol (B.1993)
Arnont Lertpullpol was born on January 23, 1993, in Surat Thani Province. Graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts (Painting), Faculty of Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Arts at Silpakorn University.
Performances, exhibitions (images), Royal Art Gallery, Nakhon Pathom, student exhibitions International Guest Artist-Professor Project, Boromrajakumari Art Gallery, Nakhon Pathom.
Awarded the “Thawan Fund – SCB” scholarship, Kanoksilp Company’s scholarship, and the Fund for the Promotion of Art Creation Education Fund for the Statesman Gen. Prem Tinsulanonda Foundation.
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