Natee Utarit - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale Hong Kong Thursday, March 30, 2023 | Phillips

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  • “I am particularly interested in the meaning of the word ‘innocence’, because there are so many aspects for you to look at. There are different levels of interpretation and comprehension that vary according to our experiences and the way we see the world. ‘Innocence’ can be just a state that no longer exists in the present world.”
    — Natee Utarit

    “Flowers and paintings of flowers aren’t the same thing – even though there is a connection. In a still life the flowers are free. They are what they are. They are brought forth to be a painting. They are not meant to be an image representing flowers.”
    — Excerpt from Forget Me Not With Artist Palette (2016), artist note by Natee Utarit

    • Provenance

      Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur
      Acquired from the above by the current owner

    • Exhibited

      Kuala Lumpur, National Art Gallery and Richard Koh Fine Art , Optimism is Ridiculous, 19 April - 31 May 2018, p. 29 (illustrated)

    • Literature

      Demetrio Paparoni, Natee Utarit: Optimism is Ridiculous, Milan, 2017, p. 29 (illustrated)


Innocence Is Overrated

signed, inscribed and dated 'Natee Utarit. 12. opptimism is Ridiculous.' on the reverse
oil on linen, in artist's frame
work 150.2 x 99.9 cm. (59 1/8 x 39 3/8 in.)
frame 179.6 x 129.1 cm. (70 3/4 x 50 7/8 in.)

Painted in 2012.

Full Cataloguing

HK$380,000 - 580,000 

Sold for HK$635,000

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Danielle So
Specialist, Head of Day Sale
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 31 March 2023