Thai artist Pakpoom Silaphan uses found objects such as old metal advertising signs and wooden soda crates to create his commentary on globalisation, consumerism and cultural icons.
Images of Warhol, Dali and Frida Khalo (to name a few) are collaged and painted over the vintage advertising signs to create thought provoking, contemporary, Pop Art.
Silaphan was born in Bangkok and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Silapakorn University in Bangkok before moving to England in 2001. He studied printmaking at Camberwell College of Art, receiving a Post Graduate Diploma, and then went on to complete a Masters in Fine Art from the Chelsea College of Art and Design. The influences of his time, both in London and Bangkok, provide a backdrop for much of Silaphan’s work.
Silaphan’s art is strongly influenced by his fascination of the relationship between East meets West and on the universality of signs and symbols that have infiltrated the global collective consciousness.
His imagery of vintage Coca-Cola and Pepsi crates, often with Thai logos, are notable for their raw and decayed portrayal of consumer culture.
Silaphan has exhibited in London, Japan, Hong Kong, New York, Singapore and India. His work has been placed in the Hiscox Collection and Sir Paul Smith’s collection and has appeared in various publications.