Exhibitions

  • 2015 “แต้มสี ตีเส้น เล่นดินและหอณ” Exhibition at Kad Kongta Art Gallery, Lampang
  • 2021 La Luna Art Gallery Exhibition
  • 2021 2nd Rahus Thai Art Exhibition at Rajamangala University of Technology, Lanna
  • 2021 Chiang Mai University Art Centre Exhibition

Tanapong Tatan

— Contemporary Thai Artist

Tanapong Tatan is an artist who has an expertise in wall painting – specifically drawing murals with Thai patterns. Tracing Thai patterns can be easy, but drawing it from scratch takes years of experience. Tanapong has observed the intricacies of Thai pattern or Laiy Thai ever since his younger years, making him a true expert on detail. His art is well recognized and well-represents the complexity of Thai art.

The starting point of Tanapong’s art career started from his father, who is a sculptor, therefore most of his childhood was spent watching his father sculpt several products, from architectural pieces to murals — some of which are renovations, while some are made from scratch. He had many opportunities to help his dad with work, which allowed him to assist in these art processes and build a strong, first-hand foundation from there. While sculpting his own ceramics, he incorporated Thai patterns, which required a lot of observation and studying to precisely include small, intricate details. This pushed him to study patterns everyday with consistency, developing his skills and turning him into the professional artist that he is today.

"I want people to see things in the middle and try to look at things neutrally"

Generally, the artist has quite a strong connection with sculpting and has been coexisting with art and culture or even religion, beliefs and tradition ever since he can remember. His hometown itself is filled with local communities living Thai traditional lifestyles and temples that have rich histories. “If you ask why I became an artist, I’d have to say it’s because of the freedom. In terms of the form, the pace of my own career, the choice of color, techniques, interpretation and subject of topic, I get to have more space to explore that side,” Tanapong explains. He also paints murals for temples frequently as a tradition because of his specific liking towards this type of art.

During his bachelor’s degree, he realizes the importance of Thai art and the strong message it has for Thai culture. “As an artist, I will always choose Thai art. My art comes from me, a Thai person — so however you look at it, it will still be Thai art. As long as the piece has this commonality with me, it will always be Thai art,” Tanapong elaborates. Thai art not only represents Thai culture, but the wisdom and intelligence of Thai people not as a country, but as a unified community. Elevating this aspect into his work slowly fulfills his aim of merging Thai art into the world of contemporary art.

Concept

The inspiration behind his artworks stems from his passion in Thai culture, which he views as a source of imagination for many, especially for fine art. Thai paintings have recently become more modern by the change of color, shapes and iconography. “Most of the topics from my works are based on our conscience, inner mind and the notion of our thought processes. When I view other artworks such as temple murals, I would try to understand what the artist at the time was feeling and try to replicate that mood while making my own art,” He describes his art.

The artist’s fondness towards old Thai crafts that have history inspires him to improve his own work and hope they communicate a similar feeling. Seeing this concept is definitely up to interpretation and will inevitably have contrasting perspectives, but his main goal is actually to deliver this exact idea and make his viewers recognise this as normalcy. “No one is a hundred percent of something. No one is completely bad and no one is completely good. It’s up to you to see the bad in the good or the good in the bad as both principles will never cease to coexist. I want people to see things in the middle and try to look at things neutrally,” Tanapong explains.

The charm of art for the artist lies within the stories that are told through the power of visual image. “It is a gift that we are given the ability to deliver messages without having physical conversation. Some conversations are harder to have than others. I try to share my message to the world through my artwork, whether it would start discussions is another thing, but to invite my viewers to think and evaluate things is already an accomplishment to me,” He concludes his mindset.

Tanapong Tatan

Contemporary Thai Artist

Tanapong Tatan is an artist who has an expertise in wall painting – specifically drawing murals with Thai patterns. Tracing Thai patterns can be easy, but drawing it from scratch takes years of experience. Tanapong has observed the intricacies of Thai pattern or Laiy Thai ever since his younger years, making him a true expert on detail. His art is well recognized and well-represents the complexity of Thai art.


Background

The starting point of Tanapong’s art career started from his father, who is a sculptor, therefore most of his childhood was spent watching his father sculpt several products, from architectural pieces to murals — some of which are renovations, while some are made from scratch. He had many opportunities to help his dad with work, which allowed him to assist in these art processes and build a strong, first-hand foundation from there. While sculpting his own ceramics, he incorporated Thai patterns, which required a lot of observation and studying to precisely include small, intricate details. This pushed him to study patterns everyday with consistency, developing his skills and turning him into the professional artist that he is today.

Generally, the artist has quite a strong connection with sculpting and has been coexisting with art and culture or even religion, beliefs and tradition ever since he can remember. His hometown itself is filled with local communities living Thai traditional lifestyles and temples that have rich histories. “If you ask why I became an artist, I’d have to say it’s because of the freedom. In terms of the form, the pace of my own career, the choice of color, techniques, interpretation and subject of topic, I get to have more space to explore that side,” Tanapong explains. He also paints murals for temples frequently as a tradition because of his specific liking towards this type of art.

During his bachelor’s degree, he realizes the importance of Thai art and the strong message it has for Thai culture. “As an artist, I will always choose Thai art. My art comes from me, a Thai person — so however you look at it, it will still be Thai art. As long as the piece has this commonality with me, it will always be Thai art,” Tanapong elaborates. Thai art not only represents Thai culture, but the wisdom and intelligence of Thai people not as a country, but as a unified community. Elevating this aspect into his work slowly fulfills his aim of merging Thai art into the world of contemporary art.

Concept

The inspiration behind his artworks stems from his passion in Thai culture, which he views as a source of imagination for many, especially for fine art. Thai paintings have recently become more modern by the change of color, shapes and iconography. “Most of the topics from my works are based on our conscience, inner mind and the notion of our thought processes. When I view other artworks such as temple murals, I would try to understand what the artist at the time was feeling and try to replicate that mood while making my own art,” He describes his art.

The artist’s fondness towards old Thai crafts that have history inspires him to improve his own work and hope they communicate a similar feeling. Seeing this concept is definitely up to interpretation and will inevitably have contrasting perspectives, but his main goal is actually to deliver this exact idea and make his viewers recognise this as normalcy. “No one is a hundred percent of something. No one is completely bad and no one is completely good. It’s up to you to see the bad in the good or the good in the bad as both principles will never cease to coexist. I want people to see things in the middle and try to look at things neutrally,” Tanapong explains.

The charm of art for the artist lies within the stories that are told through the power of visual image. “It is a gift that we are given the ability to deliver messages without having physical conversation. Some conversations are harder to have than others. I try to share my message to the world through my artwork, whether it would start discussions is another thing, but to invite my viewers to think and evaluate things is already an accomplishment to me,” He concludes his mindset.

"I want people to see things in the middle and try to look at things neutrally"

Exhibitions

  • 2015 “แต้มสี ตีเส้น เล่นดินและหอณ” Exhibition at Kad Kongta Art Gallery, Lampang
  • 2021 La Luna Art Gallery Exhibition
  • 2021 2nd Rahus Thai Art Exhibition at Rajamangala University of Technology, Lanna
  • 2021 Chiang Mai University Art Centre Exhibition