13 February 2023 Richard Koh Fine Art
Peterson Building, 712/1, 9th Floor, Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei,
Bangkok 10110, Thailand www.rkfineart.com
A solo exhibition by Fasang Navaaran Curated by Nim Niyomsin
18 February – 25 March 2023
Richard Koh Fine Art (RKFA) is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of Thai artist Fasang Navaaran (b. 1967). The exhibition is curated by Nim Niyomsin, titled The Journey. It is scheduled to run from 18 February – 25 March 2023 at Peterson Building, 712/1 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
The beauty found in the most basic elements and everyday materials underscores Fasang Navaaran’s practice. Colors, lines, and forms are arranged to create a minimalistic yet fully complete work of art. Often, he incorporates found objects, such as discarded paper, postal boxes, and pieces of fabric. His art raises minor and simple items and allows them to reach their full potential.
The Journey sheds light on Navaaran’s artistic practices over a twenty-year period, from his early professional career to the present. The exhibition follows each significant step of his discoveries and developments. It also represents his persistence and drive to create using any
available and suitable means and materials. Works presented here are in various media. The majority of them are from his latest series, while others are works that can be traced back to the early 2000s.
Fasang Navaaran (b. 1967, Thailand) works in mixed media, painting and installation to create abstraction. He attended the College of Technology and Vocational Education (currently Rajamangala University of Technology Isan) in 1983 and studied in Painting and Architecture.
The combination of colours, lines, and forms is the essence of his art. Navaaran perceives beauty in its simplicity. The sincerity of his work is revealed by the display of the materials’ natural substances. Often, found objects and colour hues are constructed and arranged into geometric forms. The appeal of his work is not in its order but in its harmonious composition.
Navaaran has participated in many group and solo exhibitions in Thailand and abroad, including Message, Museum of Contemporary Art Bangkok (2021), Form and Intent, Abstract-project, Paris (2019), painting*installations*objects, Gallery Kierat, Szczecin, Poland (2017), Are Different, Marsi Gallery, Bangkok (2013), Biennale Internationale d’Art Non Objectif, France (2013), A moveable model, Hof Art, Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre (BACC)(2011), Appropriate, H Gallery, Bangkok
(2008), Swirling , Gusty Wind, Gallery 55, Bangkok (2005), ARTSingapore 2002 and Stream of Survival I, Gallery 55, Bangkok (1999).
Navaaran currently lives and works in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Nim Niyomsin (b.1980, Thailand) is an independent curator currently based in Bangkok, Thailand. She received a Master of History of Art from Birkbeck, University of London (2009), and a Master of Business Administration, Southeastern Louisiana University (2003). She also enrolled in curatorial and art courses at the Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Niyomsin specialises in contemporary art, photography, and public art events.
Photo credited to MOCA Bangkok
Prior to working independently, she worked in galleries in Bangkok, the Artist Pension Trust, and Horniman Museum and Gardens in London. She curated her first shows of Thai artists in several art spaces in London.
Moving to Bangkok, from 2014-2017, she worked as the Marketing Department Manager for international art and culture at the Emporium & EmQuartier, organising public and international art festivals and other cultural events. She then decided to focus on art and curating and became a full-time independent curator.
Seeing the underlying division in the local art scene, her challenge lies in curating the shows of artists who may not usually work together. This also includes a collaboration with others from non-art sectors. Another aim is to encourage artists’ careers and curate shows of talented and underrepresented artists.
Niyomsin has been working as a curator for many art institutions and international organisations, including of Museum of Contemporary Art Bangkok, Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center (Bangkok), Tang Contemporary, PhotoBangkok, HOP – Hub of Photography (Bangkok), 1PROJECTS (Bangkok, Singapore), 333Anywhere (Bangkok), Subhashok The Arts Centre (Bangkok), Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film (Singapore) and Forty7 Gallery (London). She has written for magazines such as Fineart Magazine (Thailand), Why Magazine (England), and the Bangkok Trader.
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Richard Koh Fine Art Bangkok
RKFA Bangkok transits from pop-up traveling art space to something more permanent, envisioning its new gallery space would continue the push for Southeast Asian contemporary art to reach different art platforms across the region and beyond. Based on its core belief in developing an artist’s career, the gallery aims to find up-and-coming yet understated practices and present them with opportunities to grow and thrive within the industry. With a regular rotation of exhibitions, print and digital publications, and collaborations with other galleries, Richard Koh Fine Art Bangkok engages the art community with the intention to develop dialogue across the different cultures in the region.
Collage, fabric and oil on canvas 86 x 34.5 cm
Cardboard box, scrap wood and bag strap 38 x 15 x 7 cm
Oil on canvas
150.5 x 200 cm
Acrylic on canvas 118 x 195 cm
Acrylic on canvas 80 x 80 cm ; 80 x 33 cm