Immortal Icons

About the exhibition
Drawing inspiration from people who have left their lasting memory in history, due to their personality, talent, beauty, mystery and grace, “Immortal Icons” is a homage to humanity recognizing its versatility and diversity.

Each painting suggests in its own way a tail of hope, creativity and possibilities portrait through some of the most extraordinary individuals making their mark while facing unique challenges and uncertainties during their lifetime.

Bigger canvases and at times uncommon materials are used to allow sudden movements, paint drippings and large brush strokes illustrating spontaneity and creativity in contrast to the detailed elements of the paintings alluding to the more stable and balanced sides in humans.

On show until 9 February at Room 237 and 243. Free entry.
 
About the artist
Born in 1974 and raised in the Alpine town of Chur in Switzerland, Patrick Manthe discovered his love for graphics, design and art at a young age and spent a lot of his free time during his childhood drawing and sketching. After completing four years vocational education as an architectural draftsman he continued working in this profession for another three years before enrolling in one of the many renowned Hotel & Tourism Management Schools in Switzerland.
 
Equipped with two very different skill sets he embarked on his professional hospitality journey, gaining experience in Switzerland, Germany, Australia, The Maldives, Vietnam and Thailand while also traveling extensively to many other countries around the world.
 
Living abroad and exploring new cultures has also influenced his artistic work over the years, and he has experimented with different expressive and creative art forms such as sculptures, paintings, paper collages and photography.
 
Now a resident in Bangkok for more than seven years and the General Manager of Chatrium Hotel & Residence Riverside Bangkok, Patrick Manthe uses art mostly as a form of relaxation and reflection, drawing his inspiration from brief glances and momentary expressions of human faces. Creating a unique combination of impressionistic and realistic elements in his portrait paintings of iconic figures is what informs his current artistic work.
 
Using interesting and unusual materials, like raw linen, reversed canvases and hardware tools, he captures human emotions by blending spontaneous brush strokes, drippings and paint throws with carefully detailed and meditated features, often utilizing bigger canvases and few colors in the process. His paintings invite you to experience a rare interpenetration of expressionistic and lyrical elements seeking to create a seductive harmony.

On show until 9 February at Room 237 and 243. Free entry.

Contemporary Art