British artist Ralph Kiggel, after spending years mastering the art of woodblock printing in Japan, applies these techniques to the creation of art that follows modern and industrialist themes. Ralph Kiggel is based in Bangkok.
From his artist statement:
My recent prints are about old and new monuments–towers and constructions that go up into the sky: chimneys, pylons, pagodas and stupas. Any tower, whether it can be climbed or not, has a curious mystery. When you look up, you see towers in all shapes and materials crowding the sky.
I have lived in several huge cities in Asia, so I want to look sympathetically at my everyday concrete surroundings and see what might be positive or beautiful there. I hand print these monuments with natural materials from Japan and Thailand. The wood, water, organic paper and pigments that I use, and my imagery, pose tradition and the past against the passion for progress, our consumption of energy and the fragility of the future.