Bangkok, Anytime. is a celebration of street iconography in the Thai capital, Bangkok, through the eyes of resident
artist Daniel Monfort Gil. Born in Barcelona, Monfort has made Bangkok his home since 2009. Here, he reinterprets the glass paintings of 20th-century Spanish Modernists to reflect the vibrant urban life of Bangkok.The characters in Monfort’s paintings are contemporary people, the kinds of characters you might see on the street, in the underground or around any corner. Each of the characters he paints is looking for someone or something; they are charting their own path through life and, in some cases, they may be a little bit lost. How many times have you sat down next to a stranger or someone on the bus who has something in common with you? Have you ever speculated what that person’s life is like? In his paintings, he invites viewers to create their own plots for these characters. As each different viewer imagines a future for each painted character, there may be contradictions, points of agreement and areas of conflict — and so the paintings share something of the content of our lives as we move within a universe of stories.A graphics book, Bangkok, Anytime. will also be launched at the opening on 20 March.(21x22cm, 72pp., fully illustrated in colour, hardcover, available in shops April 2014)
About Painting on Glass:The technique of painting on glass involves drawing on the inner surface of a glass sheet. As the end result is seen from the other side of the glass, the completed art work is viewed in the reverse and the process requires the artist to layer colors in the opposite order to traditional painting methods; details and shading are painted first.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Daniel Monfort Gil
Daniel Monfort Gil — Born in Barcelona, Monfort (b. 1974) studied at the Llotja Advanced School of Art and Design (Escola Superior de Disseny i d’Arts Llotja or ESDA Llotja, est. 1715), the oldest school of design in Spain. He graduated after three years focusing on painting, sculpture, photography and illustration, plus two years devoted to graphic design. His work ranges from designing watches to creating corporate identities, painting in oil and painting on glass –an old technique he has reinterpreted. He is fascinated by urban life and urbanites, and his early paintings reflect city life in Barcelona.
After repeated trips to Thailand, he made Bangkok his home in 2009,and the Thai capital has since inspired a new collection of paintings on glass, exhibited for the very first time in 2014 at Serindia Gallery, Bangkok