Live Painting – James Jirat Patradoon: ULTRA

Behind a glass gallery front is a neon pink mural of a woman with purple lilies in her hair, neon pink shadows on the contours of her face, green pupils and blue lips. She has a gold septum ring in her nose. Her hands are raised by her face.


Monday, 18 January 2021, 1:00pm

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 1:00pm


4A @ World Square

Corner Goulbourn & George Streets, Sydney

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.

Top image: James Jirat Patradoon, ULTRA (installation view), 2021, mural, commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 4A @World Square, January 2021; photo: Kai Wasikowski for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, courtesy the artist.

Photos: Kai Wasikowski