An artist of Thai heritage, the Eastern elements to Kashashiva’s works are intricate and woven seamlessly into his diverse styles that bridge pastel hues, Pop vivacity, Impressionist forests and figures hewn with grace that echo nude Classicism. What may describe a number of artists from various disciplines is remarkably what defines the work of just one man. Blending together distinct elements of Western and Eastern art, the artist creates visions of conceptual fluidity that ebb and flow with consciousness, dissipating and reuniting in unison with the compartmentalized visuals that constitute it. A jack of all trades and master of aesthetics - these are the works of Kanakorn Kashashiva.Read more
Thai art has long held a tradition of two dimensional depictions where primary elements are kept isolated through the use of transformative space. Using this as his canvas of composition, the artist then creates his imagery in distinctly Western styles, with his dark green foliage bringing to mind the fantastic worlds of Rousseau, and his patterned segmentation ringing clearly of Pop technique. The resulting meld is a stunning aesthetic that carries a porcelain sheen of delicate perfection while still carving out contours of a determined brush stroke. The artist also maintains a deliberate and eye-catching colour palette which communicates a tonality of serenity that manifests in itself, allowing the vivid components to command attention as individual spaces. The artist creates this effect through constant contrast, colour blocking with the illusion of negative space and rounding off his brightest hues with translucence. This remarkable coalescence of colour executed through his distinct use of both blended and evident strokes, allows for images that draw the eye to every edge and detail, while harmonizing its elements into an en masse feast for the senses.
Conceptually, the subjects of Kashashiva’s works ring of ethereal places and spaces, with some characters that deny representation into almost surrealist boundaries. While maintaining figurative consistency in his subjects, the communicative feel of the artist’s works is most often strongly communicated from the surroundings his subjects find themselves in. The imaginative otherworldly aspect is then set off by the expressions and gestures he chooses to employ, with superficial detailing adding context to the era or modernity his work takes place in.
In short, the art rings true to the artist’s greatest influences; it carries the aesthetic and depth that Impressionism strives towards and the evocative communication that Pop has come to embody. A journey of mind and senses, the impressive coalition of concept and aesthetic is significant in the variety of impressions it may create on a viewer, making it a collection that not only pursues, but demands your attention.
2015 Jungle of Form, Colour, and Tempo, Ode To Art, Singapore
2014 Jungle of Form, Colour, and Tempo, Bangkok University Art Gallery
2005 Drama of Life, Surapon Gallery, Bangkok
2007 Instrumental, Surapon Gallery, Bangkok
Selected Group Exhibitions
• Art and The Printing Press Biennial 2003 “L’arte e il Torchio” Italy
• The 4th Kyoto International Woodprint Association “Kiwa” Kyoto, Japan
• Art Exhibition “Different Wall, Different Way, Different Work” Department of Fine Arts Faculty of Architecture, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok
• Art in Box the 4 th Thai Contemporary Art Exhibition of the Occasion of the 60th Anniversary Celebration of Silpakorn University
• The International Festival of Graphic Arts, Cluj-Napoca/2003, Romania
• The 10 th Anniversary of Department of Fine Arts, Bangkok
• Thai-German, Contemporary Art Exchange 2003, Cologne, Germany
• “No Picnic Printed Exchange” Art Exhibition, La Lanta Fine Art, Bangkok
• “400 Artists Self-Portrait” Art Exhibition, Silom Galleria, Bangkok
• The 8th Thai Contemporary Art Exhibition , Silpakorn University Art Gallery, Bangkok
• International Small Graphic Forms and Ex-Libris Ostrow Wielkotolski