By Janine Yasovant
Widsanupong Noonan started painting while at university. He studied in the faculty of Architecture, Department of Fine Arts, King Monkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand. He received a best student award for two years, in 2005 and 2006. In 2007 he had his own art exhibition and he got a first class honour degree from the institute.
He won many painting competitions during that time. Most of his works are very large. They are realistic paintings mixed with sculpting using oil color on fiberglass. He expresses his own dreams on sculpting partly while painting He got master's degree (a MFA in the Program of Visual Arts, Department of painting, Faculty of Painting, Sculptures and graphic arts, Silpakorn University
Noonan who does painting and sculpting concurrently. I asked, “Is there anyone who works in the same way as you?”
"As far as I know, this is my original idea” he replied “It is coincidental that the surface of fiberglass is suitable, so I can draw and sculpt anything on it.”
Few artists can express feelings in the same way as he does. Each piece is a personal creation.
Viewers clearly understand his works. But there are hidden mysteries. There are two parts in each artwork. The first part is painting of a woman whose facial expression can be sad or lonely. The second part is sculpting from his imagination which can be touched. It depends on the concept of what can be seen with the eyes, or what is tactile.
“Each of my works take a long time to make because of resin mould sculpting and painting. It is a direct expression of feelings. As I said before, everything is illusion and this is what I want to express. The size of every painting is different but all of them has its own completeness. Not only the satisfaction of newer generations and contemporary arts, but it is also two-way communication between spectators and I to see what they think after looking at my works. In my view, different thinking is neither right nor wrong. The truth of time was my continuous series about the illusion of relationships. The latest exhibition Love illusion is still about illusion."
Widsanupong Noonan has received many awards from competitions He also has solo exhibitions and joint exhibitions with his friends from 2007 to 2017. He also sculpts. He is happy with sculpting the Buddha images and a realistic statue of the king of Thailand. These works are very popular and sell out quickly.