January 2021
Singapore Art Week

Mit Jai Inn

Chiang Mai / Silverlens Galleries

Mit Jai Inn’s paintings come into being in his outdoor Chiang Mai studio, where he gives turns to the vibrating spectrum of sun and moonlight, with nocturnal interludes under white fluorescent. His colour-based, densely layered work defies conventional boundaries of painting, while variously enacting its multiple histories and treatments. Mit’s practice is, on the one hand, rooted in a rigorous physicality of both manual and optical labour. His studios’ multiple workstations show evidence of crushing and mixing colour of his own making, of plotting, pulling and pushing, overlaying, and scraping pigment. Canvases, often treated on both sides, stretch across floors, drape from tables and hang from metal beams. In place of brushes, mark makers are palette knives, hands, and fingers.

While this corporeality of colour is embedded and perceptible in Mit’s painted forms, it is also his way of actively channeling, resisting, or responding to a particular aesthetic, social and political histories. These can include divisions between so-called ‘Western’ and ‘Eastern’ canonical painting to shifting political states in Thailand. Within each new body of work are offerings inspired by and made for the nations, spaces, hosts and publics of his often-site-specific work. This accounts for evolutions in colour, scale, and topographical variation, from sombre amorphous blotches, bright grids, crafted pastel stripes, all-over dots in neon, and more.

Mit Jai Inn (b. 1960, Thailand) studied at Silpakorn University in Bangkok then at the Vienna Academy of Arts from 1986-1992.

Mit Jai Inn will be presenting his works at Silverlens Galleries.