Inaugural Bangkok Art Biennale
Phaptawan Suwannakudt was born in Thailand 1959, live and works in Sydney Australia since 1996.
She graduated with a BA Faculty of Arts (English, German) Silpakorn Unversity Thailand in 1980 and an MVA Sydney College of the Arts in 2005, The University of Sydney.
Phaptawan has practiced in the field of visual art field since 1982. From 1969 - 1981 she trained as a mural painter in the workshop of father, the late master Paiboon Suwannakudt, and from 1982 - 1995 she led own workshop of mural painting team to completed ten commissioned projects throughout Thailand. In 1995 Phaptawan was involved in the start-up of Womanifesto Thailand (International women artist platform for the arts) and participated in their activities including its arts residency in 2008.
Phaptawan has participated in six art residency programs, locally and overseas. She has taken part in exhibitions internationally including 18 th Biennale of Sydney 2012, Women imaging women: home, body, memory, Cultural Centre of the Philippines, Manila 1998, El Poder de Narrar, Espai d’art Contemporani de Castelló, Valenciana, Spain, 2000, Open Letter touring exhibition across South East Asian countries, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Arts, 2005-2006. Her most recent exhibition was Traces of Words; Art of Asia, Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. She is selected Studio resident artist at Carriageworks Sydney, and currently working on mural project for Wat Pho temple site as part of the inaugural Bangkok Art Biennale in October 2018.
Phaptawan gives artist talks in public venues including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Cultural Centre of the Philippines, Manila, Drill Hall Gallery, ACT and on the South East Asian program at Sydney University, and lectures at the University of Western Sydney, Nepean, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Chiang Mai University, Rajabhat University and Mahasarakham University, Thailand. She has published articles about her art practice in TAASA Magazine, and in Asia through Art and Anthropology: Translation across Cultures (Bloomsbury, 2013). The book was awarded the best anthology prize by the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand in 2014)
Her works are in public and private collections, including National Gallery of Thailand, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Bank Sydney, and Rama 9 Art Collection, Bangkok. She is a recipient of the Australia Council grant (2001 and 2011), the NAVA artist grant (2010 and 2013), and a grant from Office of Contemporary Art, Ministry Culture of Thailand (2012)
Temple Murals and other Buddhist Works
[Phaptawan usually did the designs for and supervised the painting by a team of from six to ten artists].
1999 A Buddhist Series of Tree and Flower Allegories painted during visits to Thailand and China.
1998/99 Commission from the Zen Centre, Annandale for its Gorricks’ Run meditation temple, funded by the Australia Council, for an altar painting of the Buddha in meditation.
1998 August, brief visit to Thailand to complete designs for a Mahayana Temple in Nakhon Pathom, and commence designs for a specially commissioned temple scheme by Bangkok Airways at a temple on Samui Island.
1997/1988 Lives of the Buddha Screen entirely executed and completed in Sydney. The work is 1.8 x 4.32 meters overall, on the narrative theme of Buddha’s previous lives and the life of the historical Buddha.
1997 Designs for exterior gables and pediment of Buddha image at Wat Phuttharangsee, Annandale, Sydney
1996 Phutthamonthol Buddhist Centre, near Bangkok [1,200 sq. m., basic designs for 86 panels of 1.8 x 8 meters, Supervisor of five teams each of seven-eight artists, about thirty-five artists overall]
1994-1995 Wat Sri Dongklang, Khon Kaen [100 sq.m.] 1994 Wat Saket, Samui, Surat Thani [complete ubosot, 200 sq.m] 1994 Completed the unfinished work of Acharn Angkarn Kalayanapon at Wat Sri Khom Kham, Phayao [figures in upper panels and Tree of Life in reredos behind main icon]
1994 Wat Tha Suthawat, Angthong [complete ubosot, 200 sq.m.] for the Royal Support Foundation, these murals were featured on a special set of Thai postage stamps in 1999.
1992/3 Wat Jaksa Phattaram, Uthai Thani [complete ubosot, 160 sq.m.]
1992 Wat Theppol, Bangkok [mondop, 12 sq.m.]
1991 Wat Ban Chang, Chonburi [complete ubosot, 140 sq.m.]
1990 Wat Sri Kom Kham, Payao, own work on the lower narrative panels only, 220 sq.m.], graciously opened by H.R.H. Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn in January1993
Hotel & Office Murals
1996 Mural in residence of District Chief Officer, Tak province
1996 Murals in Wimanthip Room, Montien Riverside Hotel, Bangkok
1996 Murals for The Century Hotel, Bangkok.
1995 Room murals for Laguna Banyan Tree Resort, Phuket
1995 Murals in Bangkok Airways office at Bangkok Airport
1995 Murals in Ballroom, Montien Riverside Hotel, Bangkok
1994 Murals for Dining Room lobby, Thai Embassy, Paris
1993/4 Murals for Function Room, The Regent of Bangkok, Hotel
1993/4 Lobby and other murals for Laguna Banyan Tree Resort, Phuket
1991/3 Murals for President's Office, Bangkok Airways
1991/2 Lobby mural for the Royal Garden Hotel, Bangkok, 11 x 1.35 meters, on silk
1990 Mural for Thai Airways Office, Paris
1989 Leader of the group painting Sawan / Heaven mural for the Ballroom of The Regent of Bangkok Hotel
1989 Leader of the group painting the Koh Kaew Pisadahl / Magical Crystal mural at the Conference Room in Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket
Veal, Clare; Low, Yvonne, Retold-Untold Stories: Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney, 2016
Geczy, Adam ‘Uncertainty is Certain: the Work of Phaptawan Suwannakudt’ in, Eyeline, 81 July,2014
Smith, Terry Placemaking/Displacement, A Sense of Place, publication accompanies the exhibition A Sense of Place at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, USA, 2013
Suwannakudt, Phaptawan ‘Catching the moment, one step at a time’,Asia through Art and Anthropology: Cultural Translation Across Borders, edit by F. Nakamura, M. Perkins and O. Krischer, Bloomsbury, 2013
Gezcy, Adam, Party Time - 18th Biennale of Sydney, Art Monthly Australia vol.252 August, P5-9, 2012
Flautdette May V. Datuin, Uncommon Sense: ‘Empty the Visual from Eyes of Flesh’ Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, an anthology, edited by Nora A. and Boreth Ly, Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications, Cornell University, 2012
Clark, John, Asian Modernities: Chinese and Thai art compared, 1980 to 1999, Power Publication, 2010
Clark, Christine, Exhibition review: Catching the Moment each step in the past, Phaptawan Suwannakudt at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, August/September C Arts Magazine, 2010
Seeto, Aaron, News from Island, Asia Art Archive Newsletter, July 2009
Carter, Michael & Gezcy, Adam, Framing Art, Sydney, University of New South Wales Press, 2005
Sheriff, Mary, ‘How Images Got Their Gender: Masculinity and Femininity in the Visual Arts’, Moode, Teresa; E Weisner, Mary, ed, A Comparison to Gender History, Blackwell, 2004
2017 One Whole Apart Art Atrium, Sydney
2016 Reincarnation of the Butterflies, invited artist Air Space, Sydney
2016 Retold-Untold Stories, SCA Galleries, Sydney College of the Arts
2014 Retold-Untold Stories, Chiang Mai University Arts Centre, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2014 – 2015 Days of (endless) Meaninglessness 100 Tonson Gallery
2013 Bavha:state of being Arc One gallery, Melbourne
2011 Locution-(re)- Locations, 100Tonson, Bangkok
2010 Catching the moment: Each Step is the Past, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney
2009 Three Worlds, Arc One gallery
2018-9 Beyond Bliss, Inaugural Bangkok Art Biennale, Thailand
2018 Between Suns, Cement Fondu, Sydney
2017 Traces of Words Museum of Anthropology University of British Columbia Vancouver Canada
2017 Beauty and Myth of Southeast Asia, Thienny lee Gallery, Sydney
2016 Twenty-Twenty, Chippendale Art Precinct, City of Sydney
2015 Ferral, Articulate Project Space, Sydney
2014 Crossing Boundaries, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, Australia
2013 ORIENTing: With or Without You, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA Western Australia
2013 Thresholds: Contemporary Thai Art Sundaram Tagore, New York, USA
2012 All our relations, 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia
2011-2012 Edge of Elsewhere, Campbelltown Arts Centre as part of Sydney Festival January)
2011 Women Artists Exhibition for International Women’s Day, The National Gallery of Thailand
2010 Second Language, 24HR ART Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin, Australia
2010 Ephemeral but Eternal Words: Trace of Asia, ANU School of Art Gallery, ACT Australia
2009 Broadsheet Notations: Epilogue, Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok
2007 The Smile of the Buddha, Drill Hall Gallery ANU Canberra ACT
2007 Heading North, Maroondah Gallery, Melbourne
2005 Open Letter, Gallery 4A, Sydney
2003 Abstractions, Drill Hall Gallery, ANU Canberra ACT
2000 El Poder de Narrar, Espai d’art Contemporani de Castelló, Valenciana, Spain
1998 Women imaging women: home, body, memory, Cultural Centre of the Philippines, Manila
1995 Tradisextion, Concrete House, Bangkok
2003 Bundanon Trust, residential Studio Grant NSW Australia
2005 Gunnery studio residency, NSW Ministry for the Arts
2008 Womanifesto Artist Residency Program, Thailand, supported by Ministry of Culture of Thailand
2010 NAVA National Association of Visual Arts artist grant
2011 Art Space Studio Residency Program Sydney NSW with support of Campbelltown Arts Centre
2012 Australia Council Grant for new work by an established artist
2012 NAVA National Association of Visual Arts artist grant
2014 Asialink Arts Residency Program with support of Arts New South Wales
2017-8 Artist Studio Carriageworks Sydney 1-year program