Sakaranon Supap is an artist who attracts the attention of art lovers of Thai artists who follow the
beauty of detailed and beautiful paintings in the atmosphere of the life of children in rural Isaan. They wear garments knitted by adults with unique beauty patterns in both silk
and cotton, It is an intentional presentation that is typical and outstanding.
When I had the opportunity to interview him, I found that Sakaranon Supap was a highly disciplined artist who's work represents value and
movement in conservation and is presented as living and happy images.
Here is the interview.
JY. Please tell us about you and your learning of painting in the past and present.
I want to tell you about the origin of my artwork story. I got my inspiration from having the opportunity to go back to my home in Isaan when I was studying at Silpakorn University. At that time, there was a dance rehearsal for the children to practice for the ceremony at the temple.
I was able to help my mother prepare the dancing clothes, My mother was
an elementary school teacher at that school. I had tried to arrange some clothes and took some photos for my mom. I saw something about a child
of this age: naive, bright, innocent. It can be seen they were not ready to face the world.
My insight told me that I wanted to work on Issan culture. I had the opportunity to see, to experience the real place, to sit and watch the
children getting costumed, helping each other to prepare for the show, seeing fun, cheerful and bright, running around, teasing, scrambling for
dresses, scrambling for selecting the costume jewelry.
Looking back to the time before the child is growing up is compared to the time when the child is preparing. Dress up before the actual show.
Childhood that is independent, they weren't shy, rather innocent, teasing.
Some of the pictures may mean waiting, sitting still, not having a lot of movement.
I had tried to convey through oil paintings to make them look like the most
lively paintings. Eyes, facial expressions, hands, feet, muscles tend to pay attention to details to look dimensional. Convey the emotion of being as
human as possible. My artworks from past to present have the same kind of story. Sometimes, just staring at a good painting may mesmerize the
viewer to recognize the feeling of something of a painting.
JY. Please tell me the history of your life and study and work.
SS. I was growing up and studying in the northeastern region with a
passion for drawing since childhood. I was a representative of the school drawing contests. From elementary to high school.
At first, I painted pictures without thinking much. Just knew that people
liked it. But by the middle of high school, I had to think about what I will study at the university. I just knew that I couldn't survive without painting.
So I decided to take the entrance exam to study art. I wanted to enter Silpakorn University because I thought it was the best art university in the
country. When I knew what I wanted to do, I began to prepare for the exam. I had to compete with people who understood and knew art profoundly. I
had to divide my study time and practice time for painting as well. Every day, I brought a drawing board and paper to school, chose to sit in the back
of the room with the board under the table. I had been practicing all the time and I was able to pass the exam at Silpakorn University. Have been
there for a year and feeling excited because I only met good friends from all over the country. I'm still at an intermediate level, but I'm glad I passed
the exam after returning from college,
At the end of the first semester of the year I had the opportunity to return
home to the provinces. I went to capture the atmosphere of the children dressed in preparation for the dance performances. Seeing the gestures
that move freely, innocently, attracted me to use the stories to create works of paintings The story of the children who were preparing for their first
painting began around Year One, second term (2005) and this work was submitted to the 23rd Young Artist Contemporary Art Competition in 2006
(in the second year of the first term). It was awarded a silver medal. I was shocked and overjoyed because most of the winners were seniors in their
final years. This award is an important part in the direction of future artwork. It reinforces the stories that other people are interested in. It adds
a lot of confidence to work this way.
The feeling of what I wanted to do in the future became clear like never
before. Then I felt that I had to work even harder. Practice to create better pictures of children's research from the book anatomy, to learn the
characteristics under the human skin, such as bones, muscles, how they feel affecting the outside of the person's skin. At that time, I felt that I did
not want to continue my studies. Because I already knew what I wanted to do and what I wanted to be. I started to feel that going to class and listening
to lectures on other subjects was not about creating pictures, it was a waste of time for life. After school, if there are no activities at the faculty, I will
try to return to my accommodation to practice my painting.
All of my paintings were "my way" when I was still a student. People were
interested and bought it all. The more it reinforces that what we like, we love. People admire and want, so I have to do it well, have value, and develop it even more.
In April 2013, the opening ceremony of my first solo exhibition titled
"Diang Sa" was held at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center. It was an exciting and joyful moment in my life. This is a result of my efforts to
improve my work in the past. All my 17 works in this exhibition were booked in just one week. I was very happy and encouraged to continue
working. After four years, after working hard and collecting work, a second solo exhibition named "Dramatic l Nature" was born at Hop Art Space, Bangkok.
In 2017, I continued to exhibit art with leading artists in Thailand until the present.
After the second solo exhibition I had the opportunity to buy land and
build a house in Nakhon Pathom. Not far from the house that I used to live in when I was studying at the University. Nakhon Pathom is a city adjacent
to Bangkok only a short trip away. Collectors find it easy to come by, easy to contact. It is a pleasant city, not crowded. I used to live in Bangkok. At
that time, I rented a house in Prannok Bangkok. Take a car or riverboat to go to school. I felt uncomfortable and didn't like it very much. Traffic jams
and crowded people every day
Art in Thailand, I think it's growing. There are a lot of new artists emerging
, with more social media nowadays, it's easier to show or view the works of many artists. Collectors have easy access to artists.
JY. Please tell us about your joy of work and creativity.
SS. For me painting is already a part of life. Staying at home doing the
things we love and enjoy is the good fortune and determination that we have done before. It's an unspeakable joy in my life now that I'm doing
what I love, and that I have more expectations in the future in terms of skill. I want to paint good pictures get close to my favorite artist, William
-Adolphe Bouguereau, for the rest of my life.
My hope when I started studying at Fine Arts was that I just wanted to
become an artist and paint portraits in his way as best as I can. Today, people know our work, admire and like it, it is like the profit of the expectation from the beginning.
Starting to be confident in my way, I always thought that everything didn't
come easily, but one day, what we imagine if we focus and focus on it must arrive. Everything takes time and travel. The speed is not the same for each
person. Must be diligent and patiently waiting for that day to come
JY. Is there anything I don't know about you that I can tell better than being asked?
SS. I like to stay at home, like to live a simple life, rarely go out to socialize
, work at home all the time. When there is an exhibition showing my work, I will go out to meet my brother and sister who have artist careers. There
are students who come to talk about the way of creating pictures constantly. I have to explain as much as I can to help each person's doubts. Hope to
find some benefit. Many things have impressed me since the beginning of painting in earnest. But the most impressive is probably that the work was
submitted for the first time in the youth art contest and I received a silver medal while still only studying in the second year. It was an important
starting point for creating to this day.
Sakranon Supap was born on July 24, 1986. Graduated from a Bachelor of
Arts program from the Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts. Silpakorn University
2006 Silp Bhirasri Silver Medal Honor Award, Contemporary Art for Young Artists, 23rd time
2013 "Diang Sa" exhibition at People's Gallery Bangkok Art and Culture Center
2017 Exhibition "Dramatic I Nature" at Hof art space, Bangkok
2014 Special Exhibition of ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative
Summit 2014,''Origin of Beauty: Dramatic Nostalgia" held at Busan Museum of Art, South Korea
2018 Exhibition "The Masterpieces" at MOCA Bangkok
2019 Exhibition "Manussanang" at MOCA Bangkok
2019 "ART FOR REFUGEES Exhibition 2" exhibition at MOCA Bangkok
2020 "Khon" exhibition at MOCA Bangkok