Exhibition: Jessada Kongsommart

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Exhibition: Jessada Kongsommart

2026 East 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
September 17th, 2011 - October 15th, 2011
Opening: September 17th, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

downtown/east la
Wed, Thurs, Fri 12-8 pm, Sat & Sun 12-6


Jessada Kongsommart Exhibition Statement

Heet 12 is the integration of cultural histories, traditions, ancestry, spirituality and
everyday experiences of life in Kalasin Province in Northeast Thailand (Issan).
Comprised of two series of twelve paintings, each work corresponds to one
month and the specific festival celebrated during that month. Referencing rural
Northeastern life and the elements that make-up contemporary and historical
experiences of living with nature, agriculture, weaving, and Buddhism. These
stories and traditions can be read in the representations of hand woven fabrics,
kernels of rice, and the names of the festivals that twelve of the paintings are
titled after. Like the passing of time the paintings are cyclical and calendar-
like, one for each month (heet), one for each festival (boon), celebrating and
acknowledging the communal connections of every individual to the village.

Biography: Jessada Kongsommart

Lives and works in Kalasin, Thailand

1975, Kalasin, Thailand

Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand
Thai Wijitsilp School, Bangkok, Thailand

Select Solo Exhibitions
2011 Heet 12, The National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2008 The Countryside Story, Number 1 Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2007 Kalasin, LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA
2006 Silk Threads, Gallery Opium, Thailand
2005 Thai Living, The National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2004 The Place I was Born, Eastern Center of Art and Culture, Chonburi, Thailand
2003 Painting, Guildford Gallery, Perth, Australia

Selected Awards
World Quit Smoking Day
Great Korean Day Fine Art Competition
Grand Prize in Drawing
Excellent Golden Award

Selected Collections
The National Gallery, Thailand
Singapore Embassy of Thailand
Royal Thai Consulate General, Los Angeles, CA
The Art Foundation, The Netherlands
Bangkok Bank
Kasikorn Bank
Toshiba, Thailand