PRAWEEN PIANGCHOOMPU

Praween Piangchoompu offers viewers a glimpse of his mindscape where both memory and sentiment are visualised. In contrast to traditional woodcut printing, Piangchoompu’s work is surprisingly subtle. The deceptively simple-looking prints hide a highly laborious process. The artist painstakingly layers tone-on-tone hues to create an ethereal and mesmerising effect where muted colours shift smoothly into seamless gradients. Once hung on the wall, it becomes difficult to decipher the medium. The subjects are simple, often everyday objects that beckon untold stories, vacant scenes with hints of presence - ways in which the artist seeks to achieve balance in the mind and soul.

Piangchoompu brings traditional woodcut printing skills to another level, each work taking months to complete. The artist spends countless hours carving the wood, sanding it down, preparing his pigments, precisely aligning the paper, rolling out each layer, minutiously cleaning the board, waiting for the ink to dry before repeating these steps for the next layer. Each work necessitates utmost concentration, patience and dedication. It may take up to twenty-five layers, in contrast to the one, two or up to six layers in the conventional process to produce the unique, soft and imperceptibly shifting gradients. This highly labour-intensive and demanding methodology yields works with unique luminosity and shadows, textures, and understated visual aesthetics that defines the artist's characteristic style.

Praween Piangchoompu (b. 1989, Thailand) has exhibited locally and internationally, including at The National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2019); The International Biennial Print Exhibition, Taiwan (2016) and Kruangthai Art Awards Exhibition, Thailand (2015) amongst others. Piangchoompu is the recipient of prestigious awards presented by the International Print Biennial, Lodz, Poland (2016); the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2016) ; the Tokyo International Mini Print Triennial (2015); the Guanlan Print Biennale, China (2015), 6th Indonesia International Triennale (2018), The Queen Sonja Print Award, Norway (2016) and recently the Gold Prize at the Ulsan International Print Biennale in South Korea (2019). He currently lives and works in Chiangmai, Thailand.