Inspired by the work of Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali, contemporary artist Pakpoom Silaphan fuses Western logos and cultural icons with themes from his rural Thai upbringing. His clash of East and West explores mass consumerism and has been acclaimed as ‘intriguing’ and ‘iconic’.
History and Background
Pakpoom’s access to the Western world came during his time as a child in a rural Thai community. Exposed to the advertising of lucrative brands such as Pepsi and Coca-Cola, he became fascinated by the universal language of signs and symbols.
His early talent for art saw him gain a Bachelor of Fine Art from Silpakorn University in Thailand. He then moved to the UK to achieve a postgraduate diploma in printmaking at the Camberwell College of Art, and an MA in Fine Art from the Chelsea College of Arts.
Ideas and Inspirations
From cultural icons like Elvis or Bowie to internationally recognised brands such as Sprite, Pakpoom’s fresh pop art interpretation bridges the gap between East and West.
Painting over crates and advertising signs, his mixed media and collage pieces examine notions of globalisation and mass consumerism. The collection seeks to establish how every country can be connected through inherently Eastern objects that are reworked into Western statements of consumption, advertising and iconography.
Drawing upon his own childhood, he states: “I like to work with themes from everyday life and popular culture. The influence of living in a different culture inspires much of my work. I think multicultural societies are as complex as an unfit jigsaw, but offer many opportunities creatively.”