By The Nation
The exhibition displays the history of the coronation ceremony, royal portraits and a plaster cast of the sculpture of the King created by Natee Kevalakul for the Prajadhipok’s Institute.
In the past, Italian marble carving experts would use clay to cast the statue to fix the shape and composition before moulding the initial plaster sculpture. Marble sculptures were then created by transferring every reference point from plaster model directly to a block of marble before sculpting and creating the precise characteristics then abrading the rough surface.
Bangkok-born Natee graduated from the Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University. After graduation, he was a special lecturer in techniques for carving marble sculptures at the university.
In 2000, he studied sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara in Carrara, Italy. During his studies, he worked as a sculptor at Studio Arte di Cave Michelangelo and Marble Studio Stagetti.
He returned to Thailand in 2008 and opened a studio in Bangkok to work on marble sculptures.
Other artists contributing to the exhibition are Surat Sodsangsuk, Dinhin Rakpong-Asoke, Pornchai Sinonpat, Suwit Jaipom, Larp Ampairat, Banjob Putipin, Chingchai Udomcharoenkij and Wattana Poolcharoen.