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Wal Chirachaisakul believes people, especially current generation, are monetarily driven and mistake it for a remedy of their unhappiness in life. He very often in his art uses dark hue to symbolize how distanced those people are from enlightenment. The artists resorts to gothic and surrealistic approach which results in a tensed mood in order to convey his message better. Being brought up in a darker environment, the dark mood of his works seem somewhat relatable and familiar to Wal. Despite all the negatives, the artist wishes that his artworks are nothing more but to serve as a remembrance and awareness of this alarming phenomenon which is upon us.
The subjects metaphorically represent false hope to those who longed for eternal peace and tranquility. Hence, explains the endless chase for materialistic and worldly desire.
- From the artist's website
Image: Wal Chirachaisakul, Consciousness Juncture
In our current crisis, his work becomes almost haunting. The image of the statue of liberty wrapped in ‘fragile’ caution-tape encapsulates everything I’ve been reflecting on during this pandemic, which has wreaked havoc on our sense of uninhibited freedom and our certainty of the ‘American way of life.’ Never before have I had to face how truly fragile this lifestyle is, based on a terribly fragile economic system and limited by the inescapable realities of human biology.
-Emma Scherer, Davidson Galleries Marketing & Communications Manager
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Wal Chirachaisakul (Thai, born 1990) studied at the College of Fine Art, and graduated in Graphic Arts at the Painting and Sculpture Faculty at Silpakorn University, both in Bangkok, Thailand. After he graduated in 2014 he built a gallery and printmaking studio, Kalwit Studio & Gallery, in the center of Bangkok city. He worked as a curator, art director, and then passed his gallery business to his brother. He then became a full-time artist working in oil paints and mezzotints.