Thai artist Natee Utarit is back in Malaysia once again with his paintings of flowers for the exhibition “It Would Be Silly to Be Jealous of a Flower” showing at Richard Koh Fine Art in Kuala Lumpur from May 18.
This is Natee’s most intimate series to date and follows on the heels of the successful “Samlee & Co, The Absolutely Fabulous Show” which was also shown in Jakarta. “It Would Be Silly to Be Jealous of a Flower” is a follow-up series to the artist’s most recent survey project of the 5 genres within the traditions of classical Western art.
“Flowers and paintings of flowers aren’t the same thing, though there is a connection. In a still life the flowers are free. They are what they are. They are brought forth to be a painting. They are not meant to be an image representing flowers,” he wrote in his artist note “Forget Me Not With Artist Palette”.
Flower still-lifes, to Natee, navigate fact and fiction. By painting flowers, the artist contemplates life, the human consciousness, reminisces about fond memories, and questions the propriety, custom and ethics that govern our everyday lives. The artist records his ruminations through the painting of these classical metaphors for virtues and vice.
Richard Koh Fine Art is at 229 Jalan Maar in Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
The opening reception will be held on May 18 from 5 to 8 pm.