Thavibu Gallery | Contemporary Art from Thailand, Vietnam and Burma
Thai Artists | Noppadon Viroonchatapun
Noppadon Viroonchatapun was
born in 1970 and graduated from Silpakorn
Unviersity with a Master of Fine Art degree.
He is currently lecturing
sculpture at the same university.
Noppadon studied the technical aspects of marble
sculpting in Florence, Italy. Awarded the Gold Medal for
Sculpture at the 46th National Art Exhibition in 2000,
he has staged numerous solo and group
exhibitions in his native Thailand, as well as Italy, Spain,
Korea, India, Australia, and the USA. Marking his first solo
exhibition in seven years, the cumulus derived sculptural
installation highlights the sculptor’s adeptness in
utilising various raw materials, including brass, marble,
ceramics, glass, sandstone and soapstone. Meaning ‘never
ending sky’ in Thai, Noppadon uses his name as the initial
entry point for the contemplative and philosophical series
of cloud forms. The physical
properties and spiritual potentialities of clouds have long
provided man with a source for inspiration and speculation.
The celestial bodies suggest a higher plane in Christian
symbolism, a gateway to the heavens. Using nebulous imagery
for associations to Buddhism, Noppadon explores the
metaphysical possibilities of clouds as a metaphor for
extraction from the attachment of earthbound suffering,
reaching toward the nothingness of enlightenment.
Vapour is the final exhibition in the
yearlong project, 3D@Thavibu, highlighting three-dimensional
art in Suite 307 of Thavibu Gallery. Curated by Steven
Pettifor, 3D@Thavibu presents a
series of exhibitions featuring established and emergent
Thai and international artists.