Over a career spanning more than 20 years, Vipoo Srivilasa has created intricate and elaborate artworks that reflect his bicultural experience living between Australia and Thailand. Working mostly in ceramic, he celebrates the intersections and overlaps between our cultural, social, philosophical, and environmental ideologies with a mix of humour and reverence, iconography and ornamentalism.
Recently Srivilasa’s focus has been more introspective; though still reflecting global themes, his new works reference personal contemplations on life during a pandemic. After initially revelling in the unexpected freedom of lost professional opportunities and the chance to expand his practice with playful experimentations in media, colour and finishes, Srivilasa found himself missing family and friends as Melbourne struggled through protracted lockdowns. Confined to home, he began paying more considered attention to everyday things he would otherwise neglect or disregard. He sought comfort in the company of his cats and time in his garden, and when homesickness overwhelmed him he cooked traditional Thai meals with herbs he’d grown. The forced slowing down of his home environment made him more mindful of gradual progressions of beauty over instant moments of gratification, and the joy to be found in loving something and seeing it thrive.
Almost 30 years after his move to Australia, Srivilasa’s renewed appreciation for his life informed his work for inclusion in the Asia Pacific Triennial (APT) 10 at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. Shrine of Life/Benjapakee Shrine 2021 is a large-scale installation based on the Bangkok temple Srivilasa visited for a blessing before leaving Thailand. Infused with the scent of jasmine, the interactive work invites audiences to celebrate the five deities or elements most important to him: spirituality, identity, creativity, love equality and security. It acknowledges the element of chance in his life, the unavoidability of fate and the commonalities rather than differences that define our relationships.
Vipoo Srivilasa was born and raised in Thailand. Awarded a Bachelor of Art (Ceramics) from Rangsit University, Bangkok, Thailand (1994), he undertook postgraduate study in Australia with a Graduate Diploma of Arts (Ceramics) from Monash University (1997) and a Master of Fine Art and Design from the University of Tasmania (1998). Srivilasa’s work has been exhibited throughout Australia and internationally at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Saatchi Gallery, London; Ayala Museum, Philippines; Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan; Nanjing Arts Institute, China and the National Gallery of Thailand. His work is held in national and international collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane and the Craft Council in the United Kingdom. In 2021 Srivilasa was named Ceramic Artist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated, publications of the The American Ceramic Society, USA.
Carrie McCarthy 2021
Born in Bangkok, Thailand
Lives and works in Australia
Master of Fine Art and Design (ceramic), University of Tasmania, Hobart
Graduate Diploma of Arts (ceramic), Monash University, Melbourne
Bachelor of Art (ceramic), Rangsit University, Bangkok, Thailand
SELECTED AWARDS AND GRANTS
The Ceramic Artist of The Year 2021, The American Ceramic Society
Grant, Creative Victoria, Sustaining Creative Workers Grant
Grant, Australian Council for the Arts, Resilience Fund
Highly Commended, The Korea-Australia Arts Foundation Prize, South Korea
Honorable Mention, the Korean International Ceramic Biennale Competition
Winner, National Sports Museum Basil Sellers Creative Arts Fellowship
Winner, 44th Muswellbrook Art Prize Ceramic
Highly Commended, Deakin Small Sculpture
Australian Council for the Arts, Skill and Arts Development General Grant
Grant, Career development grants, Australian Council for the Arts
National Sports Museum Basil Sellers Creative Arts Fellowship
Shortlisted, Fleurieu Art Prize, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide
Finalist, Basil Sellers Art Prize, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne
Australian Embassy Seoul, Grant for cultural exchange project
Australia Council for the Arts, Development Grants Individuals and Groups
Finalist, Basil Sellers Art Prize, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne
Winner, Gold Coast International Ceramic Award
Lighton International Artists Exchange Program, USA
Australia - Korea Foundation
Cool Japan Fund, Japanese government
Arts Victoria, International Program Grant
Australian Council for the Arts, Skill and Arts Development General
Creative Industries Fund, Copyright Agency Limited Australia – Thailand Institute Project Grant
Australia International Cultural Council Grants
Arts Victoria, International Program Grant
Australian Council for the Arts, New Work Development Grant
Australian Council for the Arts, New Work Development Grant
2009 Australian Council for the Arts, Skill and Arts Development General
Australian Council for the Arts, New Work Development Grant
Honorable Mention World Ceramic Biennale, Icheon, Korea
Australia – Thailand Institute Project Grant
Arts Victoria, International Program Grant
First (Acquisitive) and Third Prize, Artful Teapot Award, Paynter Gallery, Bendigo, Victoria
Second Prize, Golden Teapot Award 2004, Morpeth Gallery, Morpeth, New South Wales
First Prize, Golden Teapot Award, Morpeth Gallery, Morpeth, New South Wales
First Prize (ceramic hand-building), City of Redcliffe Excellence in Craft Award, Queensland
Merit Prize (paperclay), Port hacking Potters Group Awards, New South Wales
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland
The Powerhouse Museum, New South Wales.
Australian Arts Bank
Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria
Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Victoria
City of Darebin, Victoria
City of Port Phillip, Victoria
College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales, Sydney Deakin University, Melbourne Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria Gold Coast City Gallery, Queensland
Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Victoria
Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, the, Queensland Manly Art Gallery & Museum, New South Wales
Manningham City Council, Victoria Margaret Lawrence Australian Ceramic Collection, Victoria Muswellbrook Shire City Council, New South Wales
National Sports Museum, Melbourne Nillumbik Shire City Council, Victoria
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra Rockhamton Art Gallery, Queensland School of Rural Health, Melbourne University, Shepparton, Victoria Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Queensland
Whitehorse City Council, Victoria Wollongong Art Gallery, New South Wales
Henan Museum, Zhengzhou, China
Korean Ceramic Foundation, Korea
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Australia Embassy, Seoul, Korea
Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Korea
Roopanakar Museum of Fine Arts, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, India
College of Arts and Humanities, University of Hawaii, Hawaii, USA
Kamm Teapot Foundation, California, USA
The Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics, Medalta, Canada
The Rosenfield Collection, Texas, USA
The American Ceramic Society, USA
Craft Council, London, United Kingdom
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Solitude and Connection, EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane
Always Better Together, Olsen Gallery, Sydney
Hungry Ghosts, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
The Tangible Tales, Art Jakarta 2022, Indonesia
Collection Focus, Rockhampton Art Museum, Queensland
My Sunshine Doesn’t Come From The Sky, EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane
COVID Superheroes, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria
Re/JOY, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria
Wellness Deity, Linden New Arts, Melbourne
'Fresh from the Studio', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane (online)
'The Marriage of Sang Thong', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane
The Marriage of Sangthong, S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre, Bangkok
'They Fill Your Heart Without Trying', Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
Devils and Deities, Art Connection Space, Rosewood Bangkok, Thailand
Everyday Shrine,Gippsland City Council Art Gallery, Victoria
Everyday Shrine, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
'#happy_together', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane
'This Might Be The Place', Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
Congratulations VIPOO SRIVILASA who has been shortlisted for the prestigious Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award for his work The Kiln God Altar. Vipoo has been selected as one of the 40 finalists out of 422 entries.
The selection process was led by a panel of judges, including the renowned Australian artist Lisa Roet, the esteemed Curator Antony Fitzpatrick from TarraWarra Museum of Art, and the representative from Deakin University, Leanne Willis.
The finalist’s exhibition will open to the public on Wednesday 23 August at the Deakin University Art Gallery and the launch and announcement of winners will take place on Thursday 31 August.
Grace Ebert featured Vipoo Srivilasa's exhibition 'Solitude and Connection' in the article 'Exquisite Porcelain Figures by Vipoo Srivilasa Express the Ineffable Nature of Beauty and Connection'.
"Flowers in gold lustre and cobalt, small portraits of mythical creatures with feathers and polka dots, and various geometric motifs embellish Vipoo Srivilasa’s porcelain figures, which celebrate abundance and joy through opulent details. On view now at Edwina Corlette in the artist’s solo show Solitude and Connection, the sculptures are otherworldly in form as they meld human anatomy with flora and fauna, exploring 'the diverse ways in which love takes shape.'"
Congratulations to Vipoo Srivilasa who has been awarded the Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy (VACS) Major Commissioning Projects grant. Vipoo is a recipient of $100,000 to realise a major project 'Re/JOY' in collaboration with the Australian Design Centre. 'Re/JOY' is a collaborative, community-driven project designed to engage with overseas-born Australians.
'Re/JOY' will examine the emotional connection we form with objects by retelling migration stories and experiences. The project aims to provoke the complex feelings associated with overseas relocation and the difficult process of gaining Australian permanent residency.
Vipoo Srivilasa's work 'Happy Australian' will form part of the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition 'Portrait23: Identity'.
'Portrait23: Identity' is a major exhibition of new work from multi-award-winning contemporary Australian artists and collectives working across every state and territory. Street art, textiles, performance, photography, ceramics, painting, drawing, soft sculpture and bronze challenge the boundaries of portraiture. Many of the works move eloquently between installation, video, and animation, inviting you, the viewer, inside the portrait.
Twenty-three artists and collectives present dramatic, ambitious and thrilling work about who they are and what it means to represent themselves, their communities, their histories and contemporary society. They break open the genre with deeply personal evocations of themes that resonate collectively, such as cultural knowledge, feminism, visibility/invisibility, activism and journeys of migration.
Noelle Faulkner from QANTAS Travel Insider Magazine spoke with Vipoo Srivilasa about his art practice. "With a playful approach that marries European-Australian and Thai motifs, this Bangkok-born artist’s figurines are full of charm."
For more than twenty years ceramic artist Vipoo Srivilasa has created intricate and elaborate artworks that reflect his bicultural experience living between Australia and Thailand. He celebrates the intersections and overlaps between cultural, social, philosophical and environmental contemplations on life in a pandemic. VAULT asked Srivilasa to share some of his most beloved artefacts.
Vipoo Srivilasa’s immersive, participatory installation Shrine of Life/ Benjapakee Shrine 2021, featuring five hand-crafted ceramic deities representing attributes important to the artist: identity, love equality, creativity, security and spirituality. Finished with gold lustre and floral embellishments, the work reflects Srivilasa’s holistic approach to life, and encourages audiences to appreciate the things that unite us.
His artwork for APT10 expands his practice, building on its audience-oriented qualities. The artist has created a reflective, shrine-like space that houses five secular deities representing attributes important to him — love equality, spirituality, security, identity, and creativity — and asks visitors to join him in celebrating them. Through the work, Srivilasa venerates memories of his Thai homeland, acknowledges what his relocation to Australia has meant to him, and encourages viewers to appreciate both our differences and our commonalities.
The Art Gallery of Ballarat has acquired two Vipoo Srivilasa works for their permanent collection. The works are 'Aqium' and 'Lori the Healthcare Hero' from the COVID SUPERHERO EXHIBITION 2020.
What does a COVID-19 superhero look like? Ceramicist Vipoo Srivilasa has created a collection of superheroes inspired by the dreams of people in the Ballarat community. Each superhero has a special power to fight off COVID-19.
This project is a collaboration between the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the City of Ballarat’s Creative City team.
'I created ‘COVID Superheroes’ last year, inspired by dreams of people in the Ballarat community. They were part of a project to reflect some of the mood and experiences of 2020'. Vipoo Srivilasa 2021
Arts Hub Exhibition Review: Vipoo Srivilasa: Wellness Deity, Linden New Art by Celina Lei 22 May 2021- 22 August 2021
Wellness Deity The Wellness Deity Project, which Srivilasa undertook in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This collaborative, community-driven project encouraged people to reflect on their experience of the pandemic. The artist invited people to submit a drawing of their Wellness Deity, a being that has a special empowering or protective power. Srivilasa selected 19 of these drawings to provide inspiration for a series of ceramic sculptures. Each deity has its own unique characteristics based on the personal stories submitted. Each work is also accompanied by a piece of commissioned creative writing.
Spanning over a career of 20 years, Thai-Australian artist Vipoo Srivilasa has harnessed art’s ability to connect creatives, organisations and the broader community.
Wellness Deity captured this collaborative energy in the light-filled room of Linden’s ground floor gallery. The 19 drawing submissions and accompanying writing surround the walls while Srivilasa’s ceramic iterations sit across two tables at the centre of the space. The hand-selected drawings from a total of 63 submissions from Australia and overseas showcase stories rooted in reflections, experiences, and hopes emerging out of the pandemic. Words Celina Lei
This exhibition will present the Wellness Deity Project, which Vipoo Srivilasa undertook in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This collaborative, community-driven project encouraged people to reflect on their experience of the pandemic. The artist invited people to submit a drawing of their Wellness Deity, a being that has a special empowering or protective power. Srivilasa selected 19 of these drawings to provide inspiration for a series of ceramic sculptures. Each deity has its own unique characteristics based on the personal stories submitted. Each work is also accompanied by a piece of commissioned creative writing.
Ceramicist Vipoo Srivilasa has a penchant for intricate and layered decoration that, he explains, is influenced by the ornate Buddhist temples he encountered growing up in Thailand. With an aesthetic he cheerfully describes as “more is more,” Srivilasa’s distinctive work also draws on European historical figurines and “a healthy dose of contemporary culture”. We chatted over cups of sencha tea in Srivilasa’s clean, bright warehouse studio in the suburb of Cheltenham, in Melbourne’s south-east.
Place I’ve made this space really comfortable because I spend most of my time here, almost seven days a week. I come here about 7:30 in the morning and leave at 3:30 in the afternoon, go home, and do some shopping. Then I work on the computer, like writing or administration, in the evenings. Most of the time I’m just here; I live 10 minutes from here, so it’s really easy. Sometimes I go home for lunch—but I’ve found it kind of distracting, like you go home and it’s hard to come back again. So I bring my own lunch, or I’ll walk around the corner for a Vietnamese lunch.
Vipoo Srivilasa has been awarded The 2021 Ceramic Artist of the Year by the editorial staff of Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated (USA).
The annual Ceramic Artist of the Year award is presented to an artist whose work reflects current aesthetics and sets an example for ceramic artists by embracing current trends, technology, studio, marketing, and/or community-focused practices.
“Over the course of your career, you’ve been very active with exhibitions, winning numerous awards, public art projects, teaching, mentoring, and community outreach. In addition, you have helped to support and advance the global clay community through innovative social media fundraising campaigns, among other projects.
You have also been very active in engaging with the field of ceramics and expanding creative connections with other creative fields and the wider community.
The fact that you can consistently create work as a self-employed artist in addition to having a busy international workshop, lecture, and exhibition schedule is impressive. In short due to all of your personal creative achievements, as well as your dedication to the field, we feel that you are more than deserving of the Ceramic Artist of the Year award.”
Editor, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Associate Editor, Pottery Making Illustrated, at The American Ceramic Society
In addition to the monetary award, The Artist of the Year feature will be in the 2021 Ceramic Arts Yearbook.
Vipoo Srivilasa’s interactive 'Love Lab' performance offers participants the chance to reflect on the ingredients that make up their love language and in turn, to finally find out how good or bad love tastes.
Love Lab will be performed on the opening night of Objects of Love Exhibition, 12 March - 13 May 2020. The show presents artworks which symbolise and reflect love of all kinds across cultures. Working from different cultural perspectives, the artists each explore themes of contemporary and traditional exchanges of love, connection to loved ones, and the strength and fragility of bonds of love.
Artists include Vipoo Srivilasa, Cyrus Tang, Kate Just, Zaiba Khan and Varuni Kanagasundaram.
The Korea-Australia Arts Foundation Prize is run annually in cooperation with the Korean Cultural Centre.
Srivilasa's work 'The Course of True Love' is about the same-sex marriage journey. The series is realised in five bronze vignettes representing moments in world history that have contributed directly or indirectly to the acceptance of same-sex partnerships, and led Australia to pass the same sex marriage law in 2018. The moments including the Stoneware riots, Thailand decriminalising homosexuality, the establishment of Society Five, the first homosexual rights organisation in Melbourne, the Simpsons dedicating an entire episode to the same-sex marriage topic and the Yes campaign.
“I work predominantly with ceramics but for this series I chose to work with bronze. I use bronze, a robust and permanent medium to symbolise the strong concept of marriage and a solid commitment a couple makes to each other. Bronze is also a medium for religion statues. It would represent the sacred concept of marriage in my work.” …Vipoo Srivilasa
The Course of True Love will be part of Objects of Loves exhibition at Craft Victoria, Melbourne. 12 March - 13 May 2020
Inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi on 13th February 1982, Bharat Bhavan is a multi art centre, set up to create an interactive proximity between the verbal, visual and performing arts. Bharat Bhavan provides space for contemporary expression, thought, quest and innovation. Bharat Bhavan seeks to provide a creative and thought provoking milieu to those who wish to contribute something new and meaningful, in contemporary scene in the fine arts, literature, theatre, cinema, dance and music.
Bharat Bhavan International Ceramic Exhibition is a feature part of the 38th anniversary celebrations. It is the first time an international exhibition of ceramic art has been organized in the state. Eminent ceramic artists from India, US, Australia, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Ireland, Italy, China and France are attending the exhibition.
This exhibition brings together the work of five contemporary artists from Thailand who now live and work in Australia. Arriving in Australia independently of one another across the 1990s and 2000s, these five artists are based in the urban centres of Melbourne and Sydney and have continued their distinct individual practices since arriving in this country. The work on display in this exhibition is a diverse offering, including performance, painting, ceramics, sculpture, video and installation. Articulating multi-dimensional and layered histories, all of these artists are emboldened in their shared cultural experience of growing up in Thailand and then relocating to Australia while continuing to develop and refine their artistic practices. This exhibition features the work of Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Nakarin Aaron Jaikla, Bundit Puangthong, Pimpisa Tinpalit and Somchai Charoen. A Thai born Melbourne based artist, Vipoo Srivilasa has initiated and organised this exhibition because of his desire to provide visibility and voice for Thai Contemporary artists who have been working and living in Australia.
Obsession: Devil in the detail examines our fascination with the meticulous and micro, the real and the hyperreal and brings together a range of historical and contemporary works under three broad themes of still life, portraiture and landscape. Featuring artworks that seduce us with the power of their realism and intricate detail, the devil in the detail becomes the ideas and concepts that exist beneath the surface.
Featuring work by local and international artists including Natasha Bieniek, Chris Bond, Erin Coates, Audrey Flack, Juan Ford, James Gleeson, Sam Jinks, Jess Johnson, Anna Kristensen, eX de Medici, Tully Moore, Callum Morton, Jan Nelson, Sandra Selig, Vipoo Srivilasa, Ricky Swallow, teamLab, Eugene von Guerard and more.
Vipoo Srivilasa has been commissioned to design seven large sculptures for ICONSIAM, a mixed-use development on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok Thailand, opening on 9 November 2018.
ICONSIAM is the ultimate shopping destination. The all-in-one complex, located on 750,000 square metres of the land on the banks of Chao Phraya River is a wonder to behold for those passionate about retail and development. It is divided into three main sections: the main ICONSIAM, the glamorous riverside ICONLUXE, and street facing side Siam Takashimaya.
Vipoo Srivilasa's work forms part of a touring exhibition through the Australian Design Centre titled 'Obsessed: Compelled to Make' which is on now at Cairns Regional Gallery.
Obsessed: Compelled to make presents the work of 14 artists from across Australia, delving beyond the finished object, beyond the personality of the maker, into the fundamental conceptual framework of their creations. We look at the complexities of their materials and processes, the realities of their day-to-day studio routine and unravel what compels each maker to create over the course of their personal career – Why this technique or material? Why that concept? How does the mind of a maker work?
This exhibition explores the act of making through the framework of obsession – how it consumes us, carrying us along in its wake, colouring every aspect of our lives. With these professional artists, it is their obsessions, and all the associated angst, failures, breakthroughs and milestones, that feeds their productivity and to deliver exceptional outcomes.
Artists: Gabriella Bisetto | Lorraine Connelly-Northey | Honor Freeman, | Jon Goulder | Kath Inglis | Laura McCusker | Elliat Rich and James B Young (Elbowrkshp) | Kate Rohde | Oliver Smith | Vipoo Srivilasa | Tjunkaya Tapaya | Louise Weaver | Liz Williamson.
Obsessed: Compelled to makeis an Australian Design Centre of ADC on Tour exhibition touring to 12 venues across Australia, accompanied by a series of films and a full-length catalogue.
Vipoo Srivilasa's work #happy_together VI 2017, acquired by Wollongong Art Gallery, is currently being exhibited in 'East Meets West' until 11 November 2018.
The Mann-Tatlow collection of Asian Art, gifted in 2003 and the Nancye Dryden Collection of South East Asian Textiles bequeathed to the Gallery in 2012, have formed the Gallery’s newest collecting area. This exhibition relates collection works by contemporary Asian artists and Australian artists who have responded to Asian culture within their practice and to the Mann-Tatlow Collection of Asian Art including works by Julie Bartholomew, Lionel Bawden, Kirsten Coelho, Tom Dion, Dongwang Fan, Sarah Goffman, Tie Hua Huang, Shotei Ibata, Lindy Lee, Joanne Saad, Shigeo Shiga, Vipoo Srivilasa, Laurens Tan, Andy Warhol and Gerry Wedd.
Barnaby Smith has reviewed Vipoo Srivilasa's exhibition Everyday Shrines at Gippsland Art Gallery:
'The experience of belonging to two or more countries is an increasingly universal one, especially for Australians. An affiliation with multiple cultures and an identity formed by multiple traditions is, after all, the migrant experience. It is a theme that has been widely explored across the arts spectrum, yet rarely with as much playfulness as in the work of Thai-Australian ceramicist Vipoo Srivilasa. His new exhibition Everyday Shrines, shown at Gippsland Art Gallery as part of Craft Victoria’s Craft Forward series, takes an impish yet thoughtful approach to fusing the imagery and iconography of Australian and Thai societies.'
The exhibition is current until 17 June 2018 at Gippsland Art Gallery.
Vipoo Srivilasa's solo exhibition 'Everyday Shrines' will open at the newly refurbished Gippsland Art Gallery on 31 March 2018 and run until 17 June. The exhibition which has been developed jointly with Craft Victoria, looks at similarities between Srivilasa's Thai heritage and his adopted home in Australia.
Congratulations to Julian Meagher and Vipoo Srivilasa for being finalists of the 2017 National Still Life Award at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.
The acquisitive Award offers a major award of $20,000 as well as a People’s Choice Award of $5,000. This years' judge is Lisa Slade, Assistant Director of Artistic Programs at Art Gallery of South Australia.
In conjunction with National Clay Week, Artaxis presents 12 hours of live-streaming conversations with 24 Artaxis members from 16 countries.
Vipoo Srivilasa is scheduled to talk between 12:00pm - 1:00pm, 11 October 2017. Questions may be submitted here.
Vipoo’s work explores similarities between the cultures of his native home, Thailand and his adoptive home, Australia. His work is a playful blend of historical, figurative and decorative art practices whilst engaging with contemporary culture.
Using blue and white colour, he creates complex narratives through highly decorated images on ceramic forms. His work requires an intimacy in which the key elements of the drama are often found in unusual places within the forms themselves.
Collaboration has been an important part of Vipoo's creative practice. He has been using clay to engage communities into his creating process in the past 10 years. In addition to exhibiting his work, Vipoo actively initiates and organises cultural exchange projects between national and internationally artists.
Get your questions ready and join Vipoo and others for a Q&A. To watch click here.
Vipoo Srivilasa is the recipient of the general skills and arts development grant from the Australian Council for the Arts to work with Sakarin Krue-On, a multi-disciplinary Thai artist, and Marije Vogelzang, the world's first eating designer from the Netherland, in order to develop and create new interactive ceramic work for an exhibition at Edwina Corlette Gallery in 2019 and the S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre in Bangkok.
Vipoo Srivilasa has won the 44th Muswellbrook Art Prize in the Ceramics section. The $10,000 acquisitive prize was awarded to Vipoo's porcelain work 'The Good, The Bad and the Cuddly (self portrait)'.
The biennial Muswellbrook Art Prize began in 1958 and has helped form a significant collection of modern and contemporary Australian painting, works on paper and ceramics for the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.
Headlining the celebrations for Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art is 'SUGAR SPIN — YOU ME ART AND EVERYHTING' featuring over 250 contemporary artworks exploring light, space, architecture and the senses. From brand-new immersive works to large-scale visitor favourites, the exhibition reflects our complex connections to the natural world with an explosion of colour, sensation and spinning delights.
Major new artworks include Nervescape, a multi-coloured landscape of synthetic hair by Icelandic-born artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir a.k.a. Shoplifter, and the electrifying Heard by American sculptor and performance artist Nick Cave, a group of vibrant sculptural horses brought to life by dancers.
Established in 2001, the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale in Korea is one of the largest ceramic events in the world, representing contemporary artists from over 70 countries.
Artists are invited to take part in the competition which calls for works that mirror modern trends and point to the future of contemporary ceramics and redefine its essence by exploring spirit, values, forms and technique.
The winner will receive a cash prize of KRW 50,000,000 (approx $43,000 US) and will be invited to have a solo exhibition during the 2019 Biennale.
The first Central China International Ceramics Biennale will be held at the Henan Museum. Curated by art historian Wendy Gers the biennale will exhibit work by 50 Chinese and international artists.
Vipoo Srivilasa is one of six artists to be commissioned to create a site-specific work for the Biennale. In November he will take a residency at the Ceramic Art Institute of Henan University to create six large figurines for the exhibition.
One of the biggest celebrations of cultural diversity in New South Wales, Parramasala will be held from 10-12 March 2017, thanks to a multi-year funding arrangement between the State Government and City of Parramatta Council.
Parramasala’s new mascot, an illuminated six metre tall inflatable creature will be revealed prior to the festival. Created by Vipoo
Srivilasa, the mascot represents the coming together of many cultures in a harmonious and
friendly way. Vipoo incorporated the V symbol denoting peace to reflect the multicultural event.
“It was an amazing experience as I’d never seen my work this size before,” the Thai-born artist said.
Vipoo Srivilasa's work has been curated into Gippsland Art Gallery's 'Weird Ceramic' exhibition.
Weird Ceramic is a survey of the strange and peculiar in contemporary Australian ceramics featuring twenty-seven works by eleven artists: Glenn Barkley, Stephen Bird, Chris Dolman, Lynda Draper, Donna Green, Emily Hunt, Philjames, Jenny Orchard, Stephen Ralph, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, and Vipoo Srivilasa.
With its basis in the 1970s arts/craft movement, contemporary ceramics has one eye on the past while looking forward to new forms, techniques and processes.
Saturday 26 November 2016 to Sunday 12 February 2017, open during Gallery hours. Read more here.
Congratulations to Vipoo Srivilasa who is a finalist in the 2016 Basil Sellers Art Prize.
The prize defines sport in the broadest possible sense. An acquisitive prize of $100,000 will be awarded to a single, outstanding artwork, displayed in an exhibition of shortlisted finalists at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne in July 2016.
This prize is supported by Basil Sellers in order to encourage contemporary artists to develop their practice, to engage with the many themes within sport past and present, and to contribute to critical reflection on all forms of sport and sporting culture in Australia.
Vipoo Srivilasa’s solo exhibition ‘Red-Eared Slider’ is currently underway at the Subhashok The Art Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.
The ‘Red-Eared Slider’ is a turtle native to the United State and feral across the globe. Originally introduced by a Japanese trader in Thailand, these red-eared turtles disrupt the natural ecology of Thai waters, threatening the native freshwater turtles. For Vipoo, who divides his time between Bangkok and Melbourne, the red-eared turtle represents the disregard humans have for their environment.
"Srivilasa’s work also explores the commonalities between Thai and Australian culture and Eastern and Western culture, where he uses blue and white as a reference to the export of blue and white porcelain from China to Europe. While being fully aware of his heritage, Srivilasa has been mixing up echoes from the past with traces of the present in a carefully arranged juxtaposition of old and new ways of thinking.”
Vipoo Srivilasa's sculpture 'Collective Reef' has been shortlisted for the $65,000 Fleurieu Art Prize for Landscape, hosted at the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art in Adelaide. The Fleurieu Art Prize focuses on landscape as a means of expressing the power of connection to place. This years judging panel includes Nigel Hurst, Director of Saatchi Gallery London; Suhanya Raffel, Deputy Director and Director of Collections AGNSW; and Erica Green, Director of Samstag Museum of Art.
The winner is announced at opening night, Thursday 3 June 5 - 7pm at the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art in Adelaide, University of South Australia, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide. The Exhibition is current 3 June - 29 July, 2016.
Vipoo will present a new body of work at Edwina Corlette Gallery 16 November - 3 December, 2016. To view Vipoo's available works, click here.
Vipoo Srivilasa has collaborated with local indigenous artists for Collisions: Cross-Cultural Collaborations, a community cultural development partnership between Shepparton Art Museum and Gallery Kaiela. The project involves local Indigenous artists partnering with established Melbourne-based contemporary artists.
Through the sharing of ideas, narratives and techniques, the artists have engaged in an exploration of cultural difference and similarity, conflict and connection, forging relationships in a dialogic exchange that departs from the art-making process.
Collisions: Cross-Cultural Collaborations is on show at SAM and runs current to 14 February 2016.
Vipoo Srivilasa exhibited in 'More Love Hours' at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne. 'More Love Hours' brought together the works of contemporary Australian artists who use traditional techniques and processes in their practice. The works demonstrated the use of 'traditional' forms of creativity as a means to express contemporary values and complex ideologies.
'More Love Hours' installation at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, photographed by Viki Petherbridge
Carol Shwarzman writes, "at first glance, their balanced poise beckons for our approval, to satisfy desire for perfection, decoration, or to escape into the soft murmurs of collectible comfort and status quo. Inevitably, closer inspection reveals Srivilasa's take on cross-cultural social tensions, the commodification of artistic integrity, the role of the self within popular culture, and the history of ceramics worldwide."
Congratulations Vipoo Srivilasa who recently visited the U.S. to be a part of the Roundtable Discussion for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) on March 26, 2015.
‘”Pass the Peas: Food, Objects and the Making of Community”, will expand on themes explored in our 2015 keynote lecture. Namita Gupta Wiggers will moderate this lively discussion with Aruna D’Souza, Julia Galloway, Frederick Opie and Vipoo Srivilasa. As writers, artists, curators and historians these individuals all deal with the complex ways that we understand place and memory through objects, food and community engagement.’
Congratulations to Vipoo Srivilasa who was announced the winner of the 2014 Gold Coast International Ceramics Award. Vipoo’s thoughtful porcelain work Battle of Old and New Power was selected from 48 entries from several countries including Japan, Argentina and Isreal. Judge Dr Patsy Hely from the Australian National University School of Art described Vipoo’s work as having ‘resonance not just with one country’s internal battles but with the pulls and pushes of global relations and power struggles more broadly. In this way, it is a work in which the contemporary world is writ large.’ Srivilasa’s work was described as ‘at once beautiful and unsettling’ and reflects the contemporary world by ‘speak[ing] loudly of this moment in time.’
Image: Battle of New and Old Power (2012), porcelain
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