Thavibu Contemporary Art from Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar/Burma

Book: Flavours - Thai Contemporary Art

Flavours, offers a tantalising taste of Thailand’s vibrant burgeoning contemporary art scene, from the end of the last century to the dawn of a new millennium. While the international image of Thailand as a tropical playground, rich in history and traditional heritage, has been widely publicised through exotic images in the media, little is still known about the human face of modern Thai society.

The last decade has seen significant changes in the South East Asian Kingdom – economically, politically, environmentally, and culturally. Barometers on the dramatic upheaval, Thai artists are attempting to make sense of the country’s rapid modernisation. Their art assumes a diverse array of media, often melding international art trends with distinctly Thai craftsmanship. Increasingly, Thai artists are garnering plaudits at biennials and triennials, Asian showcases and solo exhibitions abroad.

The book begins with an extensive overview of recent developments, highlighting particular issues, trends, and events that have played a role in shaping the art of today. It also features career profiles of 23 of the country’s established and emerging young artists, with thematic descriptions, more than 80 colour illustrations, and revealing insights from the artists themselves.

With so little currently published upon the swift progression in Thai art, author Steven Pettifor provides us with a clear and concise assessment of the present artistic climate. A keen observer of Thai art’s growing international accreditation, he writes with direct and accessible language.


Foreword by Dr. Apinan Poshyananda


Introduction - Dishing Up Thai Art for a Global Appetite

English text, hard cover, 25.5 x 30.5 cm, 130 pages, 81 colour plates,published by Thavibu Gallery, 2003, ISBN 974-91737-6-7




This book can be ordered from Thavibu Gallery. Price is US$ 39 for the book,and postal rates are set by the Thai government.

Kritsana Chaikitwattana

Sakarin Krue-on

Sutee Kunvichayanont

Kamin Lertchaiprasert

Thaiwijit Puengkasemsomboon

Chatchai Puipia

Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook

Navin Rawanchaikul

Pinaree Sanpitak

Surojana Sethabutra

Jakkai Siributr

Vasan Sitthiket

Thaweesak Srithongdee

Manit Sriwanichpoom

Manop Suwanpinta

Santi Thongsuk

Montri Toemsombat

Nitaya Ueareeworakul

Natee Utarit

Panya Vijinthanasarn

Jakaphan Vilasineekul

Niti Wattuya

Sakwut Wisesmanee

























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Writer-artist Steven Pettifor studied Fine Art at both Wimbledon School of Art and Liverpool Polytechnic (now John Moores University),where he graduated with a BFA in 1990. He migrated to Asia in 1992, and has spent over a decade living in the Thai capital, Bangkok.An ardent follower of contemporary Thai art, he has become a regular commentator upon the local art scene, contributing to several international newspapers and journals. Presently he is the Thailand Editor for the international bi-monthly publication Asian Art News and the quarterly World Sculpture News published in Hong Kong.