Pakpoom Silaphan

Thailand 1972

Pop Art

Pakpoom Silaphan
Pakpoom Silaphan
October 11, 2014
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Pakpoom Silaphan is a Thai artist who explores the phenomena surrounding a “West­Obsessed” world.  Influenced by Pop Art of the 20th century, Silaphan re­works found objects to create his own fresh interpretation of Pop Art. Silaphanʼs practice examines notions of globalisation, mass consumerism and the universal reach of cultural icons across the world. Silaphan primarily uses found-objects such as old metal advertising signs collected during his years living in Thailand, as his canvas. Also using vintage wooden Pepsi and Coca-Cola crates, reminiscent of Warholʼs Brillo Box installations; Silaphan re-works these objects to create a fresh interpretation of Pop Art and opens a discourse on the effects of advertising and mass consumption. The infiltration of western imagery and ideology had a profound influence on Silaphanʼs understanding of the West and on his artistic practice. Using his favoured artistic icons, such as Warhol, Dali and Frida Khalo, he collages and paints over these branded advertising signs and crates, implying the artistsʼ identity as a recognised global brand itself. Silaphan creates an engaging dialogue between the relationship between East and West, and the universal language of signs and symbols that is accessible to all and has been imprinted on to the universal collective consciousness.

Pakpoom Silaphan was born in Bangkok in 1972 and lived in Thailand all throughout his youth. After receiving his BFA at Silapakorn University in Bangkok in 1995, Silaphan moved to London to study printmaking at Camberwell College of Art in 2001 and received a Masters in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2002. Silaphan still resides in London today, where he continues to practice his art and printmaking.

Silaphan has exhibited work in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Delhi, and has been featured in many notable publications as well. In 2012 he was featured in “For Which It Stands: Americana in Contemporary Art” by Carla Sakamoto, published by Farameh Media. In 2011, Emma Love of The Independent described Silaphan’s work as “a sign of the times” and in 2013 “the Pop artist of these times.” Silaphan has been featured twice in the Financial Times, Elle Magazine, and more.

Pakpoom Silaphan currently lives and works in London, UK.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Essentializing the EssenceShooting Gallery, SF, USASolo
2014Art 14Scream booth, London Group
2014India Art FairScream booth, Delhi, IndiaGroup
2014Art Stage SingaporeScream booth, SingaporeGroup
2013Telling TalesScream, LondonGroup
2013Strarta Art FairScream booth, Saatchi Gallery, London Group
2013Summer ExhibitionScream, London Group
2013Scope BaselScream booth, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2013Wonder WorksThe Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong Group
2013Empire StateScream, London Solo
2013India Art FairScream booth, Delhi, IndiaGroup
2013Art Stage SingaporeSingaporeGroup
2013London Art FairScream booth, LondonGroup
2012Moniker Art FairLondon, UKGroup
2012Scope Art FairNew YorkGroup
2012London Art FairLondon, UKGroup
2011Remastering The MastersScream, London Solo
2011Moniker Art FairLondon, UKGroup
2011Scream NowScream, LondonGroup
2010IntroducingWoolff Gallery, LondonGroup
2010London Art FairLondon, UKGroup
2010Establishing EstablishmentNoborders Art, Hong KongGroup
2010The Winter ShowWoolff Gallery, LondonGroup
2009Sir Paul Smithʼs ʻMy CollectionʼArt Space, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2009UK Future GreatsSalon Gallery, LondonGroup
2009Establishing EstablishmentSalon Gallery, LondonGroup
2008Scion InstallationCalifornia, USAGroup
2008UntitledBeady Minces Gallery, California, USAGroup
2007Lautiermoores OpenThe Gallery at Cork Street, LondonGroup
2007Apart Group ShowFresh and Wild, LondonGroup
2007Group show / AuctionMarambat Camper, Toulouse, FranceGroup
2006Before The UtopiaApart Gallery, LondonSolo
2004InspiredApart Gallery, LondonGroup
2004Irrelation ConnectedApart Gallery, LondonSolo