Meet Oat Montien, artist-in-residence

10th November 2023, 1:39 pm


Oat Montien


“Last year, I closed my residency with the exhibition Yellow Fever , which was a great success. The series was a great opportunity to master my technique of pastels on paper. I also highlighted the presence of Asians in the leather and kink community, using iconic compositions by Tom of Finland.

This year for my residency, I will be working more specifically on the theme Asian cowboys in the American Wild West. I find this to be a natural extension of my prior work at TOM House.” – Oat Montien

Born in 1989, Oat Montien is among Thailand’s most prominent Queer artists. Growing up in a brothel in Bangkok, Oat has always been inspired by sexuality and nightlife. His background in museology has geared his artistic practice towards Queering of historical canon. His drawings and paintings interrogate the intimacy between the artist and his models, with strong emphasis on their gender identities.

Montien has previously exhibited at institutions such as Patpong Museum (Bangkok), National Library of Thailand (Bangkok), Chulalongkorn University Museum of Natural History (Bangkok), Thailand Cultural Center (Bangkok), Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (Bangkok), The V&A Museum of Childhood (London), The Book Club (London), Chester Beatty Library (Dublin), Today Art Museum (Beijing). In 2020 he founded Boddhisattava Gallery, Thailand’s first exclusively LGBTQ+ gallery.

Montien was selected as Artist-in-Residence at Tom of Finland Foundation in 2022, and again in 2023.

Montien’s previous publications include London Scene (2015), Paris Souvenirs (2016), London Museums (2018), Eros (2018), Bibliophila (2020), and Solarium (2023).

ยินดีต้อนรับ, Oat!

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