Mixed media on vintage metal signs
Picasso on Coke by Pakpoom Silaphan
Pakpoom Silaphan ʼs practice examines notions of globalization, 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.
Pakpoom Silaphan was born in 1972 in Bangkok, Thailand. He received his BFA from Silapakorn University in Bangkok before moving to England in 2002 to study printmaking at Camberwell College of Art and a Masters in Fine Art which he received from Chelsea College of Art and Design. Silaphanʼs work has been placed in the Hiscox Collection, Sir Paul Smithʼs collection and has been featured in the significant publication “For Which It Stands: Americana in Contemporary Art” by Carla Sakamoto, published by Farameh Media in 2012. In 2004 he was shortlisted for the John Mooreʼs 23 prize at the Liverpool Museum. Silaphan’s work has been published in the Financial Times twice,
Pakpoom combines vintage advertising signs of brands such as Coca-cola and Pepsi with images of celebrity icons such as Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon and Bob Dylan. He creates his original Pop Art works using found signs onto which he adds collage and illustration with marker pen and emulsion.Silaphan uses Warholﾒs elevation of everyday brands to high art, and combines this with his adoration of famous figures. He also reflects on the power of advertising in his use of signs by Coca-Cola, Pepsi etc that have been created for the non western market. His inspiration comes for living in different cultures, exploring the issues of everyday life and popular culture.Pakpoom Silaphan was born in 1972 in Bangkok, Thailand. He received his BFA from Silapakom University in Bangkok before moving to England in 2002 to study printmaking at Camberwell College of Art and a Masters in Fine Art which he received from Chelsea College of Art and Design. He has exhibited all over the world including the USA, UK, France and Italy.