People often question why a group of young
artists has to call themselves Glum Yaksa or Yaksa (Thai demon)
Group. The group wanted Yaksa to represent powerful artists
with strength from the East. According to traditional Thai belief,
Yaksa was considered a god. But many of literatures as well
as contemporary writings have made Yaksa become a trouble-maker,
a bad guy who goes against the good; or in short, a villain.
Four members of Yaksa Group: Pichet Pia-klin, Metha Kongsonthi,
Sakda Thipwaree, and Somporn Taemprasit agreed to illustrate
their group with tour concise descriptions.
The Young Who Desire to Produce Work of
A piece of work can tell its owners inspiration. Every member
of Yaksa group has a desire to create artwork which is a good
sign for art circle. Their inspiration has made the exhibition
come true. Most importantly, their interests in art circle has
made them become the bright light of the circle. They will be
one of those who lead the circle into the right path.
Strength and Diligence to Exhibit
To make it a complete process, an artist cannot only contemplate
and create, but he has to exhibit their work of art to public.
More importantly, he has to make it constantly. Mind development
will not work after a 10-year pause. The more ideas and skills
are used, the more improved one becomes. Keeping in touch with
people and the environment will make one become a successful
Interest in the Nature and Transforming
It Into Works of Art The ideas about nature have been unwrapped
Nature is the core of an artist's imagination. Human live with
their faith and belief. Society is where people with love and
good intention live together.
Looking inside each member's work, every piece
portrays its owners thoughts.
Pichet Pia-kiin : Art teacher at Education Faculty of
Prince of Songkhla University, Pattani, is working with other
teachers to open an art division for Southern people to learn
more about art. They are also struggling to open a new art centre
in Pattani, after one in Songkhla province was shut down. Inspired
by Buddhist script, Pichet combines art and philosophy from ancient
Thai painting in his work. He aims to bring enlightenment to
the people and the society.
Metha Kongsonthi : Born in Suphan Bun, Metha has always
been interested in traditional Thai art such as Kanok pattern.
He blends his spiritual stage with the graceful movement of
flame and natural breeze and portray it against the black backdrop.
His solidity is shown in the work as he is improving his new
tech- niques. And when the black backdrop changes, a new vision
of the artist will be seen.
Sakda Thipwaree : Born and raised in the south of Thailand,
Songkhla, Sakda learnt his basic skills in Nakhon Si Thammarat
before becoming an artist in Bangkok. Now he is trying to take
Rajamangala Institute Poh Chang to a further step. His work
is a combination between realistic nature and the lights and
shadows in his imagination. The paintings of his trees, buildings,
human figures and environment are full of faith, belief and the
beauty of the goodness in the world.
Somporn Taemprasit : 1998 Phillip Morris Award winner,
Somporn used real natural materials such as peanuts and rice
grains to produce his unique works of art. While the small grains
are showing the lines and movements, the natural colours have
made it a perfect piece of art. The abstract art has lured the
viewers to the panoramic field covered with the soft light and
wind in their imagination. His latest works to be exhibited
along with other members are influenced by surrounding nature:
field, land, trees and traces of works by farmers. His work will
be refreshing or fatigue, it depends on his inner feelings that
takes the viewers into his world.
Assco. Prof. Vichok Mukdamanee