Bundit Puangthong

Bundit Puangthong

Bundit Puangthong is a Melbourne-based contemporary Thai artist. His body of work celebrates and expands the rich cross-cultural dialogue taking place in contemporary Melbourne. Over the past few years he has developed an artistic identity that fuses his training in traditional Thai art with a modern western-based arts practice. His paintings incorporate elements of traditional Thai art, American pop art and contemporary street art in attempt to strike a balance between the cultures in which he lives.
Bundit has recently completed a Masters in Visual Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts.
In 2004, he completed a Diploma in Visual Arts with Honours at the Australian Academy of Design. He studied traditional Thai art for eight years at Nakkhon Si Tammarat Academy of the Arts and Chang Mai University, where he was mentored by renowned Thai artist Montien Boonma.
His work explores a diversity of themes, from his own understanding(s) of Buddhism and how this fits into life in Australia, through historical stories of Buddha and aspects of Thai culture such as superstition and royalty. Drawing on his traditional Lai Thai Arts Training his paintings are rich in symbology. They play with language, deliberately using it incorrectly or making associations between words, confusing the viewer and asking them to decode the work and question its intended meaning.
His work is presented on canvas and involves a range of mixed media including house paints, acrylics, oil sticks, spraypaint, medium and glues, and utilises a range of techniques from stencils and graffiti art, to detail brushwork. He also enjoys the process of turning found objects and junk found on the street into fine art.
upcoming exhibitions
2009 Mossgreen Gallery, South Yarra, Melbourne 2009 The Cat Street Gallery, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
solo exhibitions
2008 New Work, Edwina Corlette Gallery, New Farm, Brisbane 2008 Bundit Puangthong, Iian Dawson Gallery, Paddington, Sydney 2007 Tales of Old Siam at 45 Downstairs, Flinders Lane, Melbourne 2007 Risk at Self Preservation, Bourke Street, Melbourne
2006 Second Step at Red Gallery, North Fitzroy, Melbourne
2005 Under the lotus leaf at Artholes Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne 2005 Retrospective Exhibition, NMIT Gallery, Preston, Melbourne 2004 Super Model at Artholes Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne
2003 Mai Self at the Hogan Gallery, Collingwood, Melbourne 2002 Memories at the Axiom Gallery, Melbourne
2001 Superstition of Gustav Klimt at the Axiom Gallery, Melbourne 2000 The Lover Collections at the Oz Frame Gallery, Melbourne
selected group exhibitions
2008 Sovereign Asian Art Prize Finalist exhibition, Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, Singapore 2008 Opening Show Gallery Artists, Edwina Corlette Gallery New Farm, Brisbane
2008 Off the Wall, Brisbane
2008 25 year anniversary, Faculty of Fine Art, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
2007 Geelong Regional Artists Exhibition, Gordon Gallery, Geelong
2007 Past Present and Future, Clement Meadmore Gallery, Australian Academy of Design, Melbourne 2006 Linden Postcard Show, Melbourne
2006 Bid4Freedom, Melbourne
2005 ANZ Visual Arts Fellowship Awards, Melbourne, Athenaeum Club Visual Art Award
2004 Men’s Gallery – Five Male painters at the Artholes Gallery – Bundit Puangthong, Fred Shou,
Vincent Fantoozio, Tony Woolritch, and Miklos Svylagi
2004 A Survey of Time at Artholes Gallery, Fitzroy – Bundit Puangthong, Darcy McFall, Peter Lee.
2003 New Paintings at Artholes Gallery – Raden Davis, Peter Lee, Bundit Puangthong
2003 Graduate Awards Exhibition at A Space, Preston NMIT – Winner, 1st Prize judged by John Cattapan 2003 Love and other Aberrations at the Hogan Gallery – Peter Lee and Bundit Puangthong
2002 Group Book Exhibition, Preston NMIT – Featuring members of the Illustration and Visual Arts
Courses from Preston, Greensborough and Epping Campuses
2002 Free Falling #3 at the Axiom Gallery, Melbourne
2001 Free Falling #2 at the Axiom Gallery, Melbourne
2001 Love collection at the Oz Frame Gallery (now Gallery Hogan) Melbourne
2001 Lost and found in your neighborhood – (An AMES in the community 50th year celebration),
Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
1998 International Art Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand
1993 The 10th Norwegian International Print Norway Triennial, Fredrikstad, Norway 1993 Social Contact,Visual Dhamma Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
1993 5th Toshiba Art Competition Exhibition, Bangkok,Thailand
1992 Young Artist Award Exhibition #10, Bangkok, Thailand
1991 Young Artist Award Exhibition #9, Bangkok, Thailand
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education
2005 Masters of Visual Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia
2004 Visual Arts, Honours, Australian Academy of Design (in assoc. Charles Sturt Uni), Melbourne, Australia 2003 Diploma of Visual Arts, NMIT Preston, Melbourne, Australia
1995 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
1989 Academy of Arts, Nakorn Si Thamarat, Thailand
grants and awards
2004 Merit Award, Australian Academy of Design, Melbourne
2003 1st Prize (judged by John Cattapan), NMIT, Preston, Melbourne 1992 3rd Prize Young Artist Award Bangkok, Thailand
1991 3rd Prize Young Artist Award Bangkok, Thailand
publications
2008 ‘Framed’, Vogue Australia (October Issue, p. 141)
2008 Ronny Girdham,‘East Meets West’, Sunday Mail (September Issue)
2008 Profiles, Art Almanac (August Issue)
2008 Grazia Magazine (July Issue)
2008 ‘This art week’ , Australian Art Collector Magazine, http://www.artcollector.net.au (29 July)