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Thai Neotraditional Art (Hard Cover) – only 10 pieces, artists hand-signed


English Writer : Andrew J. West
Thai Writer : Pimphan Hansrisakul
Size : 30 X 30 cm.
Weight : 2.244 kg. / 244 pages
Bilingual Edition : English and Thai

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SKU: 9786167858043 Categories: Books, Books & Gifts

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Thai Neotraditional Art is a quintessentially Thai art practise that emerged from the late 1970s to the early eighties, but which has roots reaching back into earlier historical periods of Thai artistic expression and the religious traditions and cultures that predate them. This book, Thai Neotraditional Art, explores this rich historic background and the milieu that lead up to the establishment of the movement before surveying six of its most important practitioners: Chalermchai Kositpipat, Panya Vijinthanasarn, Sompop Budtarad, Rearngsak Boonyavanishkul, Thongchai Srisukprasert and Alongkorn Lauwatthana.

Neotraditional does not mean hyper-conservative or reactionary to avant-garde art. Conversely, within the conventional framework and Buddhist doctrine, Thai artists freely amalgamate all kinds of stylistic fusions including traditional mural art, Hindu-Buddhist mythological painting, Flemish art, British art, fantastic realism, surrealism and pop in order to interweave alluring surfaces that seduce viewers into the realm of imagination, with a virtuosity and unpredictability that reflect the multifaceted qualities of Thainess.     

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Chalermchai Kositpipat

Chalermchai Kositpipat attractedthe attention of many sponsors who chose him for specific and notable commissions. Despite the often controversial natureof some of his early paintings, his stature and ability among his peers rose to the extent that not only did his work becomemore widely accepted, but also led to His Majesty King BhumibolAdulyadej of Thailand being counted among his list of eminentand influential clients.

Chalermchai was born in Chiang Rai, the northernmost part of Thailand, but graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1977 from Silpakorn University, Bangkok. Among Chalermchai’s captivating work is his mural at Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple), an ornate Buddhist temple in his native province, of which he is quoted as saying: ‘Only death can stop my dream, but can not stop my project.’ His status on the international art scene was further confirmed in 1998 when one of his works sold at a Christie’s auction in Singapore for US$17,000.

Panya Vijinthanasarn

If the artist’s name is mentioned, many people think of his works concerning Thai art and tradition which tell the Buddhist stories elaborately. Most of his works reflect the Buddhist stories, philosophy, and Thainess. All are told through the gentle face of the Buddha image, but the content inside is full of intense stories reflecting the good and the bad clearly. His works we are most familiar with are paintings.

Born :  June 24, 1956
Education :
1975-1980 – B.F.A. (Thai Art), Silpakorn University, Bangkok
1982-1984 – Certificate of Printmaking, Slade School of Fine Arts, University College London, England

Selected Exhibitions :
1982 – Thai National Exhibition, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong
1983 – Thai Contemporary Art Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery, The University of Rochester, New York, U.S.A.

Awards :
1979 – Bangkok Bank Scholarship
1988 – Represented Thailand, Painted The Mural Paintings of Thai Pavilion, Expo’88, Brisbane, Australia

Sompop Budtarad

Born – 26 August 1957
1980 – B.F.A., The Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, Thailand

1986–1992 – Worked in England on the Mural Painting Project of Buddhapadipa Thai Temple, London, England.
2009 – Guest Lecturer (Painting), Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts,Khon Kaen University, Thailand

Solo Exhibitions
1995 – “Grace and the Rising of the Mind”, Visual Dhamma Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand – “6th Month” Visual Dhamma Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
1996 – “6th Month”, National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
1998 – “Nueng Tean Nueng Tao (1 ตีนหนึ่งเท้า)”, Sunday Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
1999 – “Anijang (อนิจจัง)”, National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2000 – “Ladder to Heaven”, Art and Culture University Museum, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand
2001 – “Ladder to Heaven”, Aterlier Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand– “Faith”, Open Art Space, Bangkok, Thailand
2005 – “The Righteous Lead–While We Breath”, The Marsi Gallery, The Suan Pakkard Palace Museum, Bangkok, Thailand
2007 – “Color of the Angel”, 44 Arts Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2008 – “City of Angel”, ARDEL Gallery of Modern Art, Bangkok, Thailand
2009 – “Khean Din Sin E-sarn (เขียนดิน สินอีสาน)”, Art and Culture University Museum, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand
2011 – “Nang Songkran” ARDEL Gallery of Modern Art, Bangkok, Thailand
2013 – “Nang Songkran 2013” ARDEL Gallery of Modern Art, Bangkok, Thailand

Rearngsak Boonyavanishkul

The content of all his works is relevant to the Buddhist philosophy as people nowadays view the life as it is—a suffering-laden cycle of life covered with a happiness-like feeling, and getting lost in the endless cycle of death and rebirth. The artist’s identity is the Eastern ideology which presents the Buddhist philosophy.

Born  12 July 1961
Education :  B.F.A., (Thai Art) The Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, Thailand

Awards / Honours
1996 “Singapore National Youth Award (Art and Culture Section)
1995 “Distinction Award 15th Painting of The Year, Singapore
1992 “Distinction Award 12th Painting of The Year, Singapore

“Distinction Award The Annual Art Exhibition,Nan Yang Art Association, Singapore
1991 “Distinction Award 11th Painting of The Year, Singapore
1990 “Special Award Winner”, The lnternational Osaka Triennale of Painting, Osaka, Japan
1987 “Bronze Medal, 11th Bualuang Painting Competition, Bangkok, Thailand
1986 “Award Winner, Contemporary Art Exhibition Organized By Thai Farmers Bangkok, Thailand “Bronze Medal,
10th Bualuang Painting Competition, 
Bangkok, Thailand
1985 “Gold Medal, 9th Bualuang Painting Competition, Bangkok, Thailand

Thongchai Srisukprasert

The creator of Thai contemporary art—both a painter and a sculptur. He has a concept of a path of human beings who are still in Samsara or a cycle of birth and death, and filled with defilements, passion, lust, and conditions which human beings are stuck in the mundane and do not want to find a path to the ultramundane. The artist creates his works in order to reflect inner ugly complexes—with both aesthetic and unpleasant aspects. Presented through art’s visual elements with surrealistic forms and shapes.

Born – 21 June 1963, Nan, Thailand
– B.F.A., (Thai Art) The Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, Thailand
– M.F.A., (Thai Art) Graduate School, Silpakorn University, Thailand

Solo Exhibitions
1992 – “Thai Contemporary Art Exhibition by Thongchai Srisukprasert”, The National Gallery, Chao-Fa Road, Bangkok, Thailand
1995 – “Thai Contemporary Art Exhibition by Thongchai Srisukprasert”, PSG Art Gallery, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
2006 – “Intangible – Tangible”, 9 Art Gallery, Chiang Rai, Thailand
2008 – “Mahabhinishkramana”, ARDEL’s Third Place Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2012 – “Logiyadhamma”, ARDEL’s Third Place Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

Alongkorn Lauwatthana

The artist who conveys stories through spiritual symbols. Most of his works are based on religious beliefs and the puzzle of Dhamma, leaving an audience to think and find solutions by themselves.

Based on the concept that real Thai art is not only the pattern called “Kanok” as we once understood, patterns in Thai art help us think, understand, and see appearances of what we want to convey clearly. According to this concept, the artist can create various forms of Buddhist art with a combination of the eastern and western styles