Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew is one of Thailand’s most exciting and widely admired new-generation artists. On February 10, 2007, Craig Scott Gallery presented the exhibition, “Introducing Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew,” in collaboration with the Tall Poppies Group. The exhibition was Nimmalaikaew’s first solo show, and consisted of nine works in the unique style of his winning entry in the Sovereign Asia Art Prize competition of 2006. The Sovereign has become as the most prestigious pan-Asia painting prize since its inception a half-decade ago. The image to the upper left, entitled “Image of Body (Mom) No 8,” is the Sovereign Art Prize winning piece. Prior to the Sovereign, Nimmalaikaew had already won several national prizes in Thailand, including Thailand’s National Art Prize for Painting twice by age 27.
Nimmalaikaew has developed a mixing of media that produces magical results. Each Nimmalaikaew works starts from a canvas backdrop that is set inside a deep casement, and that is then lightly veiled by multiple layers of thread and netting. The artist paints not only on the canvas but also on the thread and netting in order to create shimmering portraits and figurative scenes. He creates a depth of field that goes beyond three-dimensional space; rather, his work captures a time-space dimension in a way that has few parallels in the history of art. Yet, to put it that way is still an understatement, for Nimmalaikaew’s genius lies in the way he imagines, and is able to execute with astonishing virtuosity, what might be called a ‘meta-dimension’ that fuses time, space and spirit.
“Introducing Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew” was followed by a solo show in Santa Monica/Los Angeles in October 2007. In March 2008, Craig Scott Gallery showcased Nimmalaikaew, alongside emerging Thai artists Narakorn Sittites and Kitti Sangkaew, at the Bridge New York / The Waterfront art fair.
Nimmalaikaew received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from the Faculty of Architecture, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology in Bangkok. He then completed his Master of Fine Arts (Painting) Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Printing, Silapakorn University, Bangkok. He is now an Art Instructor of Painting, Faculty of Architecture, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Bangkok.