Off The Page: Design, illustration and authorship in contemporary comics

OFF THE PAGE: DESIGN, ILLUSTRATION AND AUTHORSHIP IN CONTEMPORARY COMICS
SATURDAY 3 JULY | 12PM – 1PM
ONLINE

Panel discussion with Jin Hien Lau, Meg O’Shea and W. Chew Chan, moderated by curator Con Gerakaris.
Held as part of Acute Actions: Responses to I Am Not A Virus (Part 2).


Join exhibiting artist Jin Hien Lau, independent comics author Meg O’Shea and professional comic book and storyboard artist W. Chew Chan for a Zoom panel discussion moderated by 4A Curatorial Program Manager Con Gerakaris.

Using Jin Hien Lau’s comic Train of Thought as a launching point, Chewie Chan, Jin Hien Lau and Meg O’Shea discuss the language and techniques of visual storytelling in comics. This dialogue examines autobiographical writing and monologue-style narratives with attention paid to compositional methods to manage the pace and readability of story and drama. The speakers highlight differences between the professional commercial practice of Chewie and the independent, solo work of Jin and Meg and how this affects the contemporary culture and industry of comics.


Acute Actions: Responses to I Am Not a Virus (Part 2)  is presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Diversity Arts Australia and is part of the I Am Not A Virus project. Supported by Australia Council, Create NSW, Creative Victoria, City of Sydney, City of Parramatta and Inner West Council.


Speaker Biographies

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A proponent of the values of narrative across all forms of media and practices, Jin Hien Lau believes that in order to tell a good story, you must listen to a thousand better ones from everyone and everywhere first. Based in Sydney but a frequent collaborator on projects across Asia, Jin has applied his craft to fields ranging from prints, comics, illustrations and animation.

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Meg O’Shea is an Ignatz Award-nominated, Korean adoptee maker of comics and pictures based in Sydney, Australia (Gadigal and Wangal land). She makes largely autobiographical work that has featured on websites such as The Nib, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s 2020 4A Digital, and in a number of print publications including the Eisner Award-winning anthology Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment and Survival, edited by Diane Noomin.

She has spent the past two years in Korea undertaking research for a longform comic project, before returning to Australia this year.

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By day, mild mannered W. Chew “Chewie” Chan provides storyboards and concept art for such movies like the Academy Award winning Happy Feet, Mad Max: Fury Road and Superman Returns and drawing such comic books and characters like Iron Man, The Phantom and Cthulhu Tales.

But in times of need, he dons his alter ego to become the Comics Consultant! His clients include major movie studios like Warner Bros. (Justice League: Mortal), See Pictures (The Little Death), SBS (The Boat), Kinokuniya Bookstores and is a much sought after lecturer/analyst (UTS Masters of Animation, Sydney Writer’s Festival, Books+Publishing).

LET’S PACK ACUTE ACTS: 4A PANEL X PERFORMANCE

LET’S PACK ACUTE ACTS: 4A PANEL X PERFORMANCE
SATURDAY 15 MAY | 3PM – 5PM
FIRSTDRAFT

Panel discussion at Firstdraft with Andrea Srisurapon, Jayanto Tan, and curator Reina Takeuchi, followed by a performance by Amy Zhang X MaggZ.
Held as part of Acute Actions: Responses to I Am Not a Virus (Part 1)


Listen to a Let’s unpack acute acts, a panel discussion between artists Andrea Srisurapon and Jayanto Tan, moderated by curator Reina Takeuchi. In this conversation, Srisurapon and Tan examine their lived experiences, artistic practices and explore the hidden injuries of racism in a post-pandemic era. Srisurapon, Tan and Takeuchi reflect on the stories and concepts behind the artists’ works, on view at 4A in the exhibition Acute Actions: Responses to I Am Not A Virus (Part 1: 15 April – 15 May).

The interview took place on 15 May 2021 in Firstdraft’s courtyard in Woolloomooloo, where city life and basketball players can be heard intermittently in the background.

Access the transcript here. 

Listen to the talk below.

 


Join artists Andrea Srisurapon and Jayanto Tan, and curator Reina Takeuchi (from 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art) for an in-person panel discussion followed by a performance by Amy Zhang X MaggZ.

The Let’s unpack acute acts panel examines the artists’ lived experiences and practices, unpacking the hidden injuries of racism in a post-pandemic era, and how the collective smearing of cultural trauma bleeds into the Acute Actions: Responses to I Am Not a Virus program.

The discussion will be followed by Amy Zhang and MaggZ’s live performance of 气 (qi), an energetic exploration of objects that inform the dance artists’ histories. Using contemporary movement, the performers seek to embody states of balance and equilibrium.  Let’s unpack acute acts is presented as the finnisage event to celebrate the closing of Acute Actions: Responses to I Am Not a Virus (Part 1) – an initiative by Diversity Arts Australia supported by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Schedule:

3:00pm – Meet at 4A @ Darlinghurst to view the exhibition

3:20 pm –  Walk to Firstdraft (4 minutes walk)

3:30pm – Let’s unpack acute acts: Panel talk with Andrea Srisurapon and Jayanto Tan

4:30pm -Live performance by Amy Zhang X MaggZ

5:00pm – Event ends.

Bookings are essential.
RSVP to attend.

4A would like to thank Firstdraft for generously providing the venue for this event. View Firstdraft’s COVID-19 visitor information here.


COVID-Safe | Information for visitors to 4A @ Darlinghurst (updated 6 May 2021)

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is committed to protecting the health and safety of our visitors and staff by minimising the spread of COVID-19.

The NSW Government has recently announced measures in response to the new cases of COVID-19 in Sydney. 

Visitors to the current exhibition Acute Actions: Responses To I Am Not A Virus (Part 1) at our Darlinghurst gallery will be required to wear a face mask when inside the gallery. Please bring your own mask, otherwise we can supply you with a mask upon entry.

We also ask all visitors to monitor the NSW Health list of affected case locations.

If you have been at one of these locations, please self-isolate and seek testing immediately as per health advice, and do not visit 4A.

We’ll continue to monitor the advice of NSW Health and update our guidance as appropriate. Thanks for helping us keep our community safe!

– The 4A Team


Acute Actions: Responses to I Am Not a Virus (Part 1)  is presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Diversity Arts Australia and is part of the I Am Not A Virus project. Supported by Australia Council, Create NSW, Creative Victoria, City of Sydney, City of Parramatta and Inner West Council.


Biographies

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Using photography to capture her personal and cultural everyday experiences, Andrea Srisurapon explores concepts surrounding cross-culture, identity and Australia’s social and cultural landscape. Reflecting on her cultural experiences of East and West and celebrating her family’s heritage, Srisurapon challenges the stereotypes of racism, bigotry and cultural misconception and attempts to discover what is means to be a Thai Australian. Andrea graduated from Sydney College of the Arts and now works and resides in the city of Sydney.

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Jayanto Tan is a visual artist who was born and raised in a small village in North Sumatra to a Sumatran Christian mother and Guandong Taoist father. As an immigrant artist living in Sydney, who fled poverty and political repression in search of a better life, his practice blends Eastern and Western mythologies with the reality of current events. His works have been selected for the 66th Blake Prize and a solo show at the Verge Gallery. He won the 11th Greenway Art Prize in a small sculpture category. Jayanto holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Masters of Fine Arts from National Art School.

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Amy Zhang is a movement artist that specialises in performance and movement direction. Using dance as her storytelling vehicle, she combines her unique eye for aesthetics to bring a new life to movement in all forms of media and live performance. Amy has most recently shared her work in this year’s Vitalstatistix Adhocracy and Brisbane Festival

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MaggZ is a Melbourne-based movement and multidisciplinary artist, specialised in waacking – a dance style originated in 1970s LA from the LGBTQ community, predominantly involving arm movements. Traversing amongst dance battles, live performances, installations and interdisciplinary collaborations with other artists, MaggZ aspires to explore the possibilities of art and creativity whilst to honour the unique being of self and others.


 

Image: Amy Zhang & MaggZ, 气 (qi), video, 3:34, 2021; documentation still: courtesy the artist. 

Bio captions: Andrea Srisurapon, headshot; courtesy the artist /Jayanto Tan, headshot; courtesy the artist / Amy Zhang, headshot; courtesy the artist; image: Ben Garcia / MaggZ, headshot; courtesy the artist.

4A TALKS // Sophia Cai: Art, craft, collective solidarity and fandom culture

4A TALKS | THURSDAY 13 MAY | 6PM – 6:45PM 

Sophia Cai: Art, craft, collective solidarity and fandom culture

Curator, writer and knitter Sophia Cai speaks with producer Mariam Arcilla from 4A about the mobilising power of art, craft and fandom culture, and how embodied writing, teaching, hobbies, and K-pop have shaped Sophia’s practice. During the conversation, Cai discusses racism, self-care, mask politics, and using the colour ‘yellow’ as a reverse cultural signifier
through her hand-knitted work Safety Yellow Woman, which featured in the exhibition Acute Actions: Responses to I Am Not A Virus.

Held in May 2021 as part of Acute Actions: Responses to I Am Not A Virus, presented by 4A and Diversity Arts, the talk was broadcasted via 4A IG Live from the unceded Lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.

Access the transcript


Watch an episode excerpt:


Listen to the conversation:

 


Biography

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Sophia Cai is a curator and arts writer based in Narrm/Melbourne, Australia. She currently teaches as a sessional lecturer in the department of Critical and Theoretical Studies, Victorian College of Arts at the University of Melbourne, while also maintaining an independent curating and writing practice. Sophia is particularly interested in Asian art history, the intersection between contemporary art and craft, as well as feminist methodologies and community-based practices.


Images (top-bottom):

Sophia Cai, Safety Yellow Woman, 2020-2021, hand-knitted wool garment – adult size, yarn support provided by Fancy Tiger Crafts. Courtesy the artist.

Sophia Cai, headshot, courtesy the artist.

Right on, copyright! Knowing your basic rights as an artist

ZOOM WEBINAR

Tuesday 20 April | 6pm-7pm

Register for the talk here.

Want to brush up on your arts copyright knowledge? 4A is partnering with Arts Law to host an online webinar on copyright 101.
Know where you stand with moral rights. Learn how you can own, create and use copyright when it comes to your practice and working with others.
This free session will use practical examples, case studies from artists’ experiences, and hypothetical scenarios to help make copyright accessible and—dare, we say—fun.

If you’re an emerging artist or art group working across all art forms, then this workshop is for you.

This  webinar is presented by Arts Law in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and is supported by the City of Sydney.

Stop, Collaborate and Listen: Starting and running ARIs and collectives

ZOOM WEBINAR

Tuesday 27 April | 6pm-7pm

Register for the talk here.

Forming an ARI or currently managing one? This online session will take you through the various ways of setting up and running an ARI, and is hosted by Arts Law in partnership with 4A.

Learn how to run a sustainable ARI by familiarising yourself with the ins and outs of collaborating with other artists or groups. Get the lowdown on copyright and moral rights in joint works. We’ll present you with a checklist of things to consider and talk you through the sorts of agreements your ARI may need to deal with.

This free workshop is highly recommended for artists, creative groups, and artworkers who want to understand the legal frameworks and sustainable aspects behind collaborative processes or projects.

This webinar is presented by Arts Law in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and is supported by the City of Sydney.
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Dwelling on the outside: searching for folk wisdom to connect to earth

ZOOM WEBINAR

SATURDAY 10 APRIL 2021
2PM – 3:30PM AEST (Sydney) / 11AM – 12:30PM GMT+7 (Saigon)

Speakers
Adam Porter (Head of Curatorial, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia) and Mai Nguyễn-Long (Artist, Bulli, Australia), moderated by Amrit Gill (Artistic Director/CEO, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art) 

Language: English

Watch the webinar: 


Join us on Saturday 10 April (2pm AEST / 11am GMT+7) for the online panel ‘Dwelling on the outside: searching for folk wisdom to connect to earth’, featuring a conversation between Adam Porter (Head of Curatorial, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia) and Mai Nguyễn-Long (Artist, Bulli, Australia).

Sharing experiences of otherness, Mai Nguyễn-Long and Adam Porter will discuss how research and respect for ‘traditional’ expressive forms of cultural practicesparticularly, folkloric practicescan offer instructive wisdom and help us recalibrate our understandings of contemporary art. This dialogue emphasises where translation and re-contextualisation occurs, and how this knowledge enriches our appreciation of our environment. Adam will explore how these ideas have shaped Mai’s practice, most recently sparked by ‘Vomit Girl’, a character who instructs Mai to re-build wood carvings into naked clay. 

Reflecting on Adam’s participation in Re-Aligning the Cosmos, an on-ongoing project by The Factory Arts Centre (Ho Chi Minh City), this discussion will engage concepts of ‘earth’ this year’s chosen element of studyand seeks to examine the role, presence and meaning of the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) in contemporary life. It will also examine how  the elements are used in human superstition/spirituality, reflecting on their consumption (or neglect) that in turn, impact the human and non-human world. 
This is the second talk in a four-part online talk series, as part of the Australia Council for the Arts ‘Curatorial Associates Program’. The talk is a partnership between The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and is supported by Campbelltown Arts Centre.


About the Speakers:


Adam Porter

Adam Porter (Sydney, Australia) 

Adam Porter is an Australian curator of diverse Asian heritage. Specialising in contemporary visual art, Porter lives and works on Tharawal Country in Sydney, Australia. Porter received a Bachelor of Arts (Double Major in Art History and Cinema Studies, and Social and Cultural Analysis) from the University of Western Sydney (2009). He also holds a Masters Degree in Art Curatorship from the University of Sydney (2010).

Porter is currently the Head of Curatorial at Campbelltown Arts Centre and was previously, Curator of Contemporary Visual Art (2017-19). Prior to this, he was Head of Curatorial (2017) and Curator at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (2010-17). Porter was also co-curator of Laneway Art and City Spaces at the City of Sydney (2012-13), which led to the public artwork commission and permanent acquisition of Youngsters by artist Caroline Rothwell (2013).

Porter is an advocate for contemporary art and artists, delivering large-scale contemporary art exhibitions featuring multidisciplinary works, innovative curatorial models and community and cultural engagement practice. With demonstrated interest in South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Asia, Porter’s practice is reflective of the notion of ‘otherness’ inspired by his own diverse cultural background. His curatorial examinations have centred on the semiotics and aesthetic of ruins, seeing destruction and degradation as conveyance for cultural memory and renewal in an ever connected and complex world.

Notable projects include: Khaled Sabsabi: A Promise & A Hope (2020-2021, co-curated with Matt Cox, AGNSW), Vernon Ah Kee: The Island (2020); OK Democracy, We Need to Talk (2019); Suzanne Archer: Song of the Cicada (2019); Amala Groom: Does She Know the Revolution is Coming? (2017); Studios Switch (2016); Oceanic Arts Pacifica (2014); Subject to Ruin (2014); Nahrain: Two Rivers (2014); and Landlock (2013).

 

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Mai Nguyễn-Long (Bulli, Australia)

Mai is Australian born of mixed heritage and lives and works on Tharawal Country. She received her Bachelor of Arts / Asian Studies from the Australian National University (1991) with a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies from the University of Sydney (1993). In 1994 she spent a year in Vietnam studying Vietnamese language at Vietnam National University and Vietnamese Art History and Life Drawing at Hanoi University of Fine Arts; and in 1997, completed her Master of Arts in Visual Art from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University . In 2017 she received an Australian Government RTP scholarship to undertake a Doctor of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong (current). 

Mai’s first exhibitions were held in Manila, Philippines – Transit Lounge (Arrivals-Departures) (1996), and Hanoi, Vietnam – E Chong: A Bilingual Installation with Incorrect Translations. Working in oil on canvas for the next ten years, her imagery became consciously figurative within surreal settings that overlaid stereotypical Australian culture with Asian icons and waterscapes as their unifying element. Mai returned to installation for a 2006 commission by Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, creating 3-dimensional mongrel dogs as a metaphor for cultural exploration and her identity, using papier mache to salute Southeast Asian folk crafts. The controversy generated by the “skins” of Mai’s Pho Dogs generated her performance/installation piece, The Burning of Godog at the opening of Nam Bang! curated by Dr Boitran Huynh-Beattie for CPAC (2009). While the mongrel dog has become a cultural trigger for Mai, and for those reading her work, equally it explores narratives that are extremely personal and self-reflective. 

In 2014 Mai was commissioned by Wollongong Art Gallery to present a major solo show (curated by Gina Fairley). Bridging over 15 years of Mai’s practise, Beyogmos (“beyond the dog cosmos”) synthesized her intensely personal navigations through abstruse political landscapes questioning constructs of identity by drawing on a range of mediums. From 2014 a new character named Vomit Girl became dominant in her work, propelling Mai to reconnect with Vietnam. Late 2014 and 2015 she returned to Hanoi for residencies working with CICF Copyright Agency in the ceramic village of Bat Trang, and ACCA Viet independent curatorial group (working with Muong Studio Hoa Binh). Unpacking the context of Vomit Girl’s illness inspired her to undertake a Doctor of Creative Arts (DCA), titled, Beyond Diasporic Trauma: opening up an intersection between Contemporary Art and Folkloric Practices in Vietnam.  Mai Nguyễn-Long is represented by Art Atrium, a Vietnam Foundation Ambassador, and President Vietnam Centre – Australia Chapter.  

Live Painting – James Jirat Patradoon: ULTRA

SYDNEY

4A @ WORLD SQUARE

CORNER GOULBURN AND GEORGE STREETS, SYDNEY

19 JANUARY – 29 JANUARY 2021

Various times

This event is part of the City of Sydney’s Sydney Lunar Festival and is presented at World Square Sydney.

Watch Thai-Australian multidisciplinary artist James Jirat Patradoon in a series of live painting sessions for his 14th solo exhibition, ULTRA, at 4A @World Square.

Commissioned as part of Sydney Lunar Festival 2021, ULTRA reinterprets traditional and contemporary Chinese Zodiac iconography into an immersive installation experience. Curated by 4A’s Con Gerakaris, and drawing upon Eastern and Western graphic concepts spanning manga, tattoo illustrations and product design, Patradoon’s encompassing murals and installation work reframe the 2021 Zodiac symbol of the Metal Ox.

Reflecting upon the cycle of rebirth each new year, the artist has composed hypercoloured scenes of life and death as acts in a fictionalised Chinese opera. Featuring compositions of Yama, Buddhism’s wrathful King of Hell, facing off against an anthropomorphised chrome-clad ox fan dancer, the scene also reveals an otherworldly beast and a bewitching leading lady in performance grandeur. These striking characters flank the centrepiece of ULTRA: a wicked, customised motorcycle assemblage adorned with an ox skull. Taking cues from his well-known illustrative practice, Patradoon’s first sculptural work rides his signature line between realism and fantasy heightened by mesmeric lighting to challenge the viewer’s experience of viewing art.


James Jirat Patradoon (b. 1985, Thailand, lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand and Sydney, Australia) is a primarily illustrative artist working across installation, painting and graphic design. Patradoon’s work is informed by a wealth of cultural references: from 80s aesthetics and 90s fashion, to comic books and tattoo design, he renders his ideas in flashes of neon and monochrome. Fusing Japanese anime with pop-horror and searing, luminous colours, his work is clean and graphic, exploring humanities depths and fractures and creating his own hyperreal infernal paradise.

Patradoon’s recent solo exhibitions include Inferno (2019), Superchief Gallery, Los Angeles; Death Metal Hands (2018), Lamington Drive Gallery, Melbourne; Fever (2016) Superchief Gallery, New York City; and Bodyache (2016), Goodspace, Sydney. He has been included in several group exhibitions and festivals including Art Basel Miami (2019), Miami; Violent By Design (2017), Exhibit A Gallery, Los Angeles, MediaLive Festival (2017), Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, Colorado; Pow Wow Hawaii (2016), Honolulu; and Hit The Bricks (2014), Look Hear, Newcastle. His standalone style has led to work with high profile international clientele, including collaborations with the likes of Coca Cola, Facebook, HBO and Microsoft.

Artist talk with James Jirat Patradoon

SYDNEY

4A @WORLD SQUARE

CORNER GOULBURN AND GEORGE STREETS, SYDNEY

SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2021

2.00-3.30PM

Presented in partnership with World Square, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art presents a artist talk with Thai-Australian multidisciplinary artist James Jirat Patradoon for his 14th solo exhibition, ULTRA. 

Commissioned as part of Sydney Lunar Festival 2021, ULTRA reinterprets traditional and contemporary Chinese Zodiac iconography into an immersive installation experience. Curated by 4A’s Con Gerakaris, and drawing upon Eastern and Western graphic concepts spanning manga, tattoo illustrations and product design, Patradoon’s encompassing murals and installation work reframe the 2021 Zodiac symbol of the Metal Ox.

Reflecting upon the cycle of rebirth each new year, the artist has composed hypercoloured scenes of life and death as acts in a fictionalised Chinese opera. Featuring compositions of Yama, Buddhism’s wrathful King of Hell, facing off against an anthropomorphised chrome-clad ox fan dancer, the scene also reveals an otherworldly beast and a bewitching leading lady in performance grandeur. These striking characters flank the centrepiece of ULTRA: a wicked, customised motorcycle assemblage adorned with an ox skull. Taking cues from his well-known illustrative practice, Patradoon’s first sculptural work rides his signature line between realism and fantasy heightened by mesmeric lighting to challenge the viewer’s experience of viewing art.

Listen to the conversation here:


James Jirat Patradoon (b. 1985, Thailand, lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand and Sydney, Australia) is a primarily illustrative artist working across installation, painting and graphic design. Patradoon’s work is informed by a wealth of cultural references: from 80s aesthetics and 90s fashion, to comic books and tattoo design, he renders his ideas in flashes of neon and monochrome. Fusing Japanese anime with pop-horror and searing, luminous colours, his work is clean and graphic, exploring humanities depths and fractures and creating his own hyperreal infernal paradise.

Patradoon’s recent solo exhibitions include Inferno (2019), Superchief Gallery, Los Angeles; Death Metal Hands (2018), Lamington Drive Gallery, Melbourne; Fever (2016) Superchief Gallery, New York City; and Bodyache (2016), Goodspace, Sydney. He has been included in several group exhibitions and festivals including Art Basel Miami (2019), Miami; Violent By Design (2017), Exhibit A Gallery, Los Angeles, MediaLive Festival (2017), Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, Colorado; Pow Wow Hawaii (2016), Honolulu; and Hit The Bricks (2014), Look Hear, Newcastle. His standalone style has led to work with high profile international clientele, including collaborations with the likes of Coca Cola, Facebook, HBO and Microsoft.

Digital illustration demonstration with James Jirat Patradoon

SYDNEY

4A @WORLD SQUARE

CORNER GOULBURN AND GEORGE STREETS, SYDNEY

SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2021

2.00-3.00PM

Learn how to turn your ideas and drawings into digital illustrations with ULTRA artist James Jirat Patradoon in this free one-hour illustration demonstration.

See James demonstrate how to draw digitally, clean up line drawings, turn photos into digital collages and more: learn how James uses these skills to create murals, fashion items, paintings, and digital artworks.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask James for advice on digital artwork ideas and illustration concepts, and see ‘behind the scenes’ of his development of ULTRA, 4A Centre for Contemporary Art’s major 2021 Lunar New Year exhibition commission.


James Jirat Patradoon (b. 1985, Thailand, lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand and Sydney, Australia) is a primarily illustrative artist working across installation, painting and graphic design. Patradoon’s work is informed by a wealth of cultural references: from 80s aesthetics and 90s fashion, to comic books and tattoo design, he renders his ideas in flashes of neon and monochrome. Fusing Japanese anime with pop-horror and searing, luminous colours, his work is clean and graphic, exploring humanities depths and fractures and creating his own hyperreal infernal paradise.

Patradoon’s recent solo exhibitions include Inferno (2019), Superchief Gallery, Los Angeles; Death Metal Hands (2018), Lamington Drive Gallery, Melbourne; Fever (2016) Superchief Gallery, New York City; and Bodyache (2016), Goodspace, Sydney. He has been included in several group exhibitions and festivals including Art Basel Miami (2019), Miami; Violent By Design (2017), Exhibit A Gallery, Los Angeles, MediaLive Festival (2017), Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, Colorado; Pow Wow Hawaii (2016), Honolulu; and Hit The Bricks (2014), Look Hear, Newcastle. His standalone style has led to work with high profile international clientele, including collaborations with the likes of Coca Cola, Facebook, HBO and Microsoft.