The Archetype and the Avant-Garde: Luminous Journey” exhibition by Preecha Thaothong in collaboration with Pongpan Suriyapat

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La Lanta Fine Art

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The Archetype and the Avant-Garde: Luminous Journey

Preecha Thaothong

In collaboration with

Pongpan Suriyapat

La Lanta Fine Art

April 29 – June 7, 2023

This exhibition creates a platform for the art practices of 2 eras to have a dialogue and to demonstrate the co-existence of tradition and innovation.

Professor Preecha Thaothong presents a new series “The Wheel of Law” which is the symbol of Buddha’s teachings. Each artwork is created with traditional Thai craftmanship depicting the Buddhism belief that the human body comprises of four natural elements; earth, water, wind, and fire. The three Wheels of Law are displayed in chronological order demonstrating the artistry skills of the Ayudhaya, early Rattanakosin and late Rattanakosin periods.

Pongpan Suriyapat uses Generative Systems in his art practice. Generative Systems enable the creation of art without the artist’s direct involvement in producing physical works. By relying on predetermined rules, such as mathematical equations, computer algorithms, or natural factors, Generative Systems can generate various forms of art. The art produced by Generative Systems can take on numerous identities, making it impossible to predict the precise patterns that will emerge. Generative art is beyond the direct control of the artist as it relies on technology and scientific knowledge to produce unique and captivating art. The result can be unpredictable yet fascinating.

Pongpan combines the idea of light and shadow in architecture, that Prof. Preecha is well known for, with the scientific principle of light. Considering the intrinsic quality of light such as reflection, refraction, diffraction of wave, the artist presents visual aesthetics in a form of art installation that is capable of conveying the same messages of life and nature as in Prof. Preecha’s traditional artwork.

The opening reception will be organized on Saturday, April 29 from 16.00 to 19.00 at La Lanta Fine Art. The exhibition continues to be on display until June 7, 2023.


About Preecha Thaothong

Thailand’s National Artist 2009, Visual Arts (painting)

Born in Bangkok in 1948, Professor Preecha Thaothong graduated from Pohchang Academy of Art. He received B.F.A (2nd class honor) and M.F.A. in painting from Silpakorn University. He was awarded a scholarship to further his study at L’ Academia di belle Arte, Italy. He was a full time art instructor at the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University until his retirement.

Prof. Preecha Thaothong is an artist with a modern thinking. He creates artwork that is a balance between the conservation of tradition and a progression of modern ideas. The result is a unique visual aesthetics in a contemporary timeframe.

Over the last 40 years, Prof. Preecha has made significant academic contributions and has undertaken research in the art domain. His unique creation is the juxtaposition of light and shadow in a Western style with traditional skills of Thai art to convey the message Buddhism philosophy in faith, peace, as well as the guiding light in social development. He was bestowed the highest recognition as Thailand’s National Artist with this origination.

About Pongpan Suriyapat

An artist and an architect by training, Pongpan Suriyapat specializes in museum design as well as various media exhibits within the museum, especially digital media and interactive media. He has a particular interest in creating artwork that combines creativity, technology, and new media for example computer technology, electronics, as well as science and natural phenomena such as gravity and free motion of mass.

Pongpan has led the team to design and build several museums, exhibitions, learning centers and installation arts in the forms of kinetic art, interaction art, and generative art for local and international institutions.


Pongpan earned a M.Sc. Information Technology: Art and Technology from Chalmers Tekniska Högskola in Göteborg, Sweden in 2007. In 2019, he furthered his study in Contemporary Curating from Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Zurich, Switzerland. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate majoring in Design from the school of Interior Design, Silpakorn University, Thailand.


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