Pakpoom Silaphan: Pop artist for these times

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It's a modern form of pop art. Firmly rooted in the love of graphic design, bold colour and brand that influenced Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, but with a quite literal undercurrent of the decay and distress that the failure of the Capitalist dream to grow and grow infinitely has wrought.

Thai artist Pakpoom Silaphan examines notions of globalisation and mass consumerism by painting on found objects such as old metal signs and wooden Pepsi and Coca-Cola crates reminiscent of Warhol’s Brillo Boxes.

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Silaphan collages and paints portraits of his favourite artists and influences from Frida Kahlo to Dali onto the old advertising boards and storage boxes turning them into sculptural works of art – turning the artists brands in themselves.

Many of the materials Silaphan collects are from the many years he spent in Thailand and a key area of interest for him is the infiltration of Western imagery into Southeast Asia and the universality of some images and symbols nevermind what they may be trying to sell.

Silaphan’s third solo exhibition opens at the Scream gallery from 22 February.