Jackkrit Anantakul’s striking graphic art imposes order on Bangkok’s hectic swirl. Well, kind of.
For Thai graphic designer and typographer Jackkrit Anantakul, laughter is the best medicine. Known for his bright cartoony drawings which play with form and placement and his inventive typography, Jackkrit has always been a fan of the sillier, more whimsical aspects of life in Bangkok.
“I want people to look at my art and feel happy,” he says, flipping through print after print of his vibrant, colourful illustrations. “When things are bad, I like to change
them. Make serious situations funny.”
It is an approach perfectly suited to these fraught times and Jackkrit – or JK, as he’s known – draws much of his inspiration from life in Bangkok. In one piece, he employs a fractal design, splicing modern rises of buildings with the traffic. There is symmetry amid the chaos.
“Thailand isn’t perfect,” he says, “But I see something interesting everywhere. I look at the buses and motorbikes and I see something modern and beautiful and I have to draw it.” JK describes his second solo exhibition – Happy Blue, which runs at the Goja Café until the end of the month – as a “visual diary”.
“Happy Blue is about the mixture of happiness and sadness,” he says. “You can see some black that shows my sadness but then there are many bright colours. This shows how I feel, there is some darkness but in the end something can be colourful and funny.
Freedom of expression and interpretation remain a constant in JK’s art, his unassuming yet bold illustrations create a feeling of originality and the message that one shouldn’t hold back when they have a vision. JK has stayed true to his form of art, unafraid of judgement or criticism and remaining sure of himself. It is this confidence that he wants to pass on to the young art community trying to find their voice.
“I want to inspire the younger members of the art world to express themselves and to become a part of a new culture,” he says. “I’m sad to see some of my pieces go, because they can be very personal to me. But I want the people who love my art to look at it and get inspiration.”
For JK, the reason for his art is simple, and he embraces one straightforward principle: “Life is short. You need to live as happily as you can.”
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