An accomplished painter from Thailand, Natee Utarit was one of the five participating artists in the first installation of the BMW Young Asian Artists Series in 2007. Utarit’s paintings have evoked various genres, from abstraction and figurative art to romanticism, as in The Fragment and the Sublime series. For this residency, Utarit wanted to approach his favorite motif of flowers from a different perspective – thus their deliberately enhanced graphic quality. The flowers created by Utarit are perfectly shaped, yet the touches of colour given to each print both distort and emphasize the artificiality of his subjects.
The BMW Young Asian Artist Series 2007 represents the successful partnership between corporate sponsor BMW Asia and Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI), with the aim of providing young and emerging artists to explore the artistic potential of print.
Under this series, 5 artists from Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, each proficient in different disciplines, were invited to create 4 new works at STPI within a challenging 2-week time frame. Working in close collaboration with chief printer Eitaro Ogawa and his team of printers, the artists made use of all the printmaking techniques at their disposal, resulting in 21 works diverse in content and technique.