Praween Piangchoompu

ARTIST STATEMENT

Originated in the ancient era in East Asia to create books and images, the woodcut printing is the method that creates ‘relief’ pattern. The area that is carved out appears on the finished print as ‘white’ while the original surface level appears as ‘black’. The relief process is done by hand; either with knife, chisel, or sandpaper.

Unique from his contemporaries, Praween Piangchoompu creates artwork using sandpaper to evenly and slightly remove surface of the wood. In his work, there is no stark contrast of black and white lines. Printing in subtle color, he systematically applies different tonal values and shades of the same color onto the different level of the surface to create images that bear smoothness and softness.

The serene nature of Piangchoompu artwork symbolizes a feeling of peacefulness in one’s mind. His simple composition is accentuated by the gradual shade of lights. The presence of light in his work has a reference in the purity of mind. Piangchoompu’s work process serves as a mean for him to manage the stress in daily’s life while questing for the equilibrium of the mind.

Praween’s artwork highlights the polarity between complex process and simple visual aesthetics. Achieved by painstakingly scraping, scrubbing and carving the surface of a woodblock, his artwork requires multiple printing processes to create multi shading of the same color. Precision, accuracy and patience are essential in this complicated art making process.

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1989 in Lampang, Thailand

Education:

  • M.F.A. Faculty of Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • B.F.A Faculty of Fine Arts, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Chiangmai, Thailand

Exhibitions:

2019

  • Equilibrium, solo exhibition, La Lanta Fine Art, Bangkok
  • Resilience of Mind, solo exhibition, Affinity Art, Hong Kong

2017

  • Inside the soul, solo exhibition, La Lanta Fine Art, Bangkok
  • SCOPE Basel, Switzerland, represented by La Lanta Fine Art

2014

  • Group exhibition, “Cubic Museum,” Bangkok, Thailand
  • The International Biennial Print Exhibition, Taiwan

Awards and Honors:

2019

  • Gold Prize, Ulsan International Print Biennale, South Korea

2018

  • Special Juri Prize The 6th Indonesia International Print Triennial Competition 2018

2016

  • The Winner 1st Award International Print Biennial Lodz 2016, Poland
  • The Honorable Mention the International Biennial Print Exhibit: 2016 ROC, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA)
  • The Winner 2nd ASEAN Graphic Art Competition and Exhibition- Vietnam

2015

  • Print Prize, Guanlan International Print Biennial, China
  • Distinguished Prize, The 30th PTT Art Exhibition, Thailand
  • Silver Medal Award, The 61th National Exhibition of Armt Thailand
  • Prize Winner, Semi Grand-Prix, Tokyo International Mini- Print Triennial 2015, Japan

2014

  • Silpa Bhirasri Silver Medal Award, Thailand
  • Distinguished Prize The Young Thai Artist Award 2014, Thailand

Studio