This month the art exhibition Patronage System presents a series of oil paintings that touch upon the idea of nonequivalence in society, involving the behaviour of wealthy persons towards the poor. Artist Leela Promwong depicts—in a Thai contemporary style that incorporates both fantasy and fantastic creatures—the image of the wealthy person exhibiting threatening behaviour, much like a kind of gangster. In turn, these acts lead to persecution, threats, and exploitation against people who are in vulnerable situations. The person who has no money and no power falls wearily into position.
Of this series of artworks, four were created in the year 2015, and four in this year (2016). In all of the paintings the “patronage system” that is conveyed and referred to illustrates the highest to the lowest points in the food chain in nature—that of carnivore and herbivore—to insinuate things about the essential problems in human society.
These artworks are outstanding and individual in composition and also in brush stroke technique. The artist’s fastidious style of painting recreates perfectly every detail of each form represented. Likewise, the striking colours bring out strong feelings and seem to bore straight into the eyes of the audience.
Patronage System runs from September 3-24 at the Number 1 Gallery (19, Silom Soi 21). Viewing hours are Monday to Saturday, from 11am till 7pm. For more information, call 02 630 3381.