Kitti Narod is an exciting and original young Thai painter working in Bangkok who is only now impacting the international art market largely. Thanks to his UK representation with Thai Fine Art Ltd; and this bright new book by Dr Felicity Ann Rodner. Rodner's familiarity with the artist and his work provides intriguing insights invaluable to any art enthusiast who appreciates cross-cultural influences and has an eye for originality. With its easy, conversational style, "Thai Dreamings" is at once informative and entertaining. Bright, full-colour illustrations attractively guide the reader through Narod's work. This book is a rare find for art enthusiasts of all tastes. With 60 full-colour glossy text pages in A4 format that include more than 40 colour plates, "Thai Dreamings" is to date the only publication in any language dedicated to Kitti Narod and most specifically to the importance of Australian Aboriginal dot techniques in his paintings.
The book starts with an overview of Thai art through the ages that quickly guides the English-speaking reader who may not be familiar with the subject from Thai painting's Hindu/Buddhist temple origins right through to the most modern trends in Thai art today. This descriptive background helps the reader place Narod within the history and tradition of Thai art. A look at Australian Aboriginal art then highlights themes and techniques that have bridged the Thai connection and become important in Kitti Narod's work. Many of his best paintings from 2004 and 2005 are examined thematically to guide the reader into an appreciation of this young artist. Kitti Narod's paintings uniquely express a modern Thai spirit in the artist's personal interpretation of an Australian ethnic idiom. The artist's world is not deformed, angry or imposing. It is joyful, radiating a serenity born of the artist's understanding and enjoyment of the natural world. And, his product is visually attractive, too. Viewers stand back to take in the whole impression, or they may practically press their noses to the canvas when looking at the details.
They appreciate the subject-matter at a surface level or else enquire into deeper content and affinities. However, they approach Kitti Narod's art, viewers generally step away from it feeling better about the world and themselves than before they made the contact. This is a great achievement for a young painter. Public reaction to Narod's exhibited work at various venues in the UK has been positive, and many of his paintings have found their way into private collections throughout the country. Narod's abstracts are currently featured by a French Canadian modern art gallery, whilst a recent Hong Kong radio interview testifies to increasing recognition of Narod's talent in the Far East as well. Narod meanwhile continues to exhibit at various Bangkok venues.