Thai Art, 2003, Fired clay and cement
80 x 80 x 120 cm.
Project Titled : The Origins of Thai Contemporary
Though being a Westerner, Prof. Silpa had a profound understanding
on the uniqueness of Thai traditional art. He, therefore, wished
to lay the foundation of art to Thai people, art students and
artists through many approaches ranging from writing articles,
publishing textbooks, conducting research and one the most important
thing is establishing the first university of contemporary art
in Thailand, the Silpakorn University. The development in Thai
contemporary arts began with painting and sculpture, moved on
to graphic arts and Thai arts, and, in the present time, mixed
media, a new comer department which is in a developing process.
It is clear that the profound understanding in the Thai ways
of art and living of Prof. Silpa Bhirasri had reflection on his
great intention and aspiration, and, marked the origins of Thai
contemporary arts since then.