Jirapat Tatsanasomboon

Thailand 1971

Figurative Art

Jirapat Tatsanasomboon
Jirapat Tatsanasomboon
December 16, 2014

Jirapat Tatsanasomboon is known for juxtaposing traditional Asian symbols and characters against famous artworks and pop culture figures from the West. His works explore the positive and negative sides of interchange, confrontation, and interaction. The artist’s intercultural experiments result in an unusual mix of characters and situations. Mythical figures from Thailand’s epic tale Ramayana are featured hand in hand with famous pop culture figures such as Marylin Monroe or John Waine. Apart from adding Western characters to the mix the artist also uses paintings made by famous Western masters such as Andy Warhol, Piet Mondrian, and Leonardo da Vinci as the basis for his work.[1]

New exhibition at Bangkok university in 2008
Jirapat Tatsanasomboon – Cause 2, 2016 (after Andy Warhol)

The Timeline of Creation

Jirapat Tatsanasomboon’s work can be divided into 4 phases. The first phase that lasts from the mid to late 1990s was caused by the decision brought by the Film board to allow the filming of action film Mortal combat at Thailand’s former capital Ayuthaya a UNESCO World Heritage site. The event inspired the artist to explore the influence that American and Japanese cultures have to Thai way of life. The era resulted in an array of images featuring American and Japanese superheroes juxtaposed against Thai Tradition, often symbolized by Siamese palace.

The painter is known for juxtaposing traditional Asian symbols and characters against famous art pieces and pop culture figures from the West

Contact the artist about the new exhibition and work made in 2010
Jirapat Tatsanasomboon – Leave Me Alone II (after Michelangelo)

Art inspired by Asian Literature

In the early 2000s, the artist began the second phase that’s still marked with intercultural confrontation but instead of portraying apocalyptic images with dozens of subjects in war against each other, second phase is marked with one-to-one confrontations between Thai Characters and the West. In late 2000, the artist has developed an interest in Pop art and begun to use Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein pieces as the basis for his work. In his pop art series, the painter juxtaposes Western Pop icons with different forms of Thai amulets to criticize commercialism and the popular version of Buddhism practiced in Thailand. Finally in his late phase that can be traced back to post-2006-coup in Thailand.[2] The political crises left a deep influence and inspired the artist to explore class stratification and conflict in Thailand.

Jirapat Tatsanasomboon had numerous gallery and museum shows in Bangkok and abroad

Artwork explores social issues in Thailand
Jirapat Tatsanasomboon – Belief 4, 2007

Biography and Selected Exhibitions

In his 2013 series, the artist has reinterpreted the story of Nonthok from the national epic Ramakien. This politically charged story focuses on the desires of a servant who has become and enraged demon. The painter uses the story to explores the issues of integrity class and abuse of power. His artworks have been widely exhibited in his native Thailand and abroad and his works were featured in solo and group exhibitions in South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, the US, India, and China.


  1. Anonymous., (2016) Thai Artists : Jirapat Tatsanasomboon, Thavibu Gallery, [March 20, 2017]
  2. Sireekan R., INTERCULTURAL JOURNEY, Thavibu Gallery (2014)

Featured image: Jirapat Tatsanasomboon – Portrait
Images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014100 Painters Of TomorrowBeers Contemporary, LondonGroup
2014100 Painters of Tomorrow One Art Space, New YorkGroup
2013Jirapat Tatsanasomboon - The Desires of NonthokThavibu Gallery, BangkokSolo
2013Asian Contemporary Art Day SaleChristie's Hong KongGroup
2012In the Exhibition: Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes EternalArtScience Museum, SingaporeGroup
2012Asian Contemporary Art Day SaleChristie's Hong KongGroup
2012Group exhibition of 12 contemporary worksMulan Gallery, Singapore Group
2011Dialogues at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre (BACC), Bangkok, ThailandBangkok Art and Cultural Centre (BACC), Bangkok, ThailandGroup
2010Jirapat Tatsanasomboon - CamouflageThavibu Gallery, BangkokSolo
2010Arteclasica'10Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2009The Indian Art SummitNew Delhi, IndiaGroup
2008Jirapat Tatsanasomboon - LOVE and LUSTThavibu Gallery, BangkokSolo
2008Spiritual Spaces - Celebrating Thavibu GalleryThavibu Gallery, BangkokGroup
2008Vision of East AsiaCapital Library, Beijing for the Olympics, ChinaGroup
2006Jirapat Tasanasomboon - A Transformation of IconsThavibu Gallery, BangkokSolo
2006Tradition and Modernity in South East Asian ArtAsian Cultural Centre, New York, USAGroup
2005Asian Art Archive Fund-Raising AuctionHong KongGroup
2004Sudjai Chaiyapan and Jirapat Tasanasomboon - Love and StruggleThavibu Gallery, BangkokGroup
2004Love and Struggle together with Sudjai ChaiyapanThavibu Gallery, Bangkok, ThailandGroup
2003Modernization & UrbanizationMarronnier Art Center, SeoulGroup
2003Thailand ASEAN Art Award ExhibitionBangkok, ThailandGroup
2003Seoul-Asia Art NowKorean Cultural and Arts Foundation, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2002Award Winner4th Panasonic Contemporary Paintings Art Competition, ThailandGroup
20016 Group Shows with Scopolamine GroupBangkok, ThailandGroup
2001The 25th Bua Luang ExhibitionBangkok, ThailandGroup
2000The 24th Bua Luang ExhibitionBangkok, ThailandGroup
2000Thailand ASEAN Art Award ExhibitionBangkok, ThailandGroup
2000The 46th National Exhibition of ArtNational Gallery, Bangkok, ThailandGroup
1999Exhibition for Master DegreeSilapakorn University, Bangkok, Group
1998The 44th National Exhibition of ArtNational Gallery, Bangkok, ThailandGroup
1997The 21st Bua Luang ExhibitionBangkok, ThailandGroup
19973 Group ShowsThailandGroup
1997Art Thesis ExhibitionChiangmai University, ThailandGroup
1997Thailand ASEAN Art Award ExhibitionBangkok, ThailandGroup