Three Silent Bundit Puangthong Bundit Puangthong - Three Silent
Three Silent 2020
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Three Silent2020
Acrylic On Linen
140 x 140 cm
Feel Free Bundit Puangthong Bundit Puangthong - Feel Free
Feel Free 2020
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Feel Free2020
acrylic on linen
150 x 140 cm
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Chasing Tail Bundit Puangthong Bundit Puangthong - Chasing Tail
Chasing Tail 2020
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Chasing Tail2020
Acrylic On Linen
158 x 142 cm
Joe the Brick Man Bundit Puangthong Bundit Puangthong - Joe the Brick Man
Joe the Brick Man 2019
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Joe the Brick Man2019
Acrylic On Plywood
127 x 109 cm
Rice Flour Bundit Puangthong Bundit Puangthong - Rice Flour
Rice Flour 2019
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Rice Flour2019
Acrylic On Linen
116 x 97 cm
Banana Remote Bundit Puangthong Bundit Puangthong - Banana Remote
Banana Remote 2020
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Banana Remote2020
Acrylic On Linen
150 x 140 cm
Uni Nature Friends Bundit Puangthong Bundit Puangthong - Uni Nature Friends
Uni Nature Friends 2018
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Uni Nature Friends2018
Acrylic On Plywood
122 x 110 cm
Give the Monkey Some Diamonds Bundit Puangthong Bundit Puangthong - Give the Monkey Some Diamonds
Give the Monkey Some Diamonds 2020
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Give the Monkey Some Diamonds2020
Acrylic On Linen
137 x 168 cm
Naked Boy (Ghost Rat) Bundit Puangthong Bundit Puangthong - Naked Boy (Ghost Rat)
Naked Boy (Ghost Rat) 2019
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Naked Boy (Ghost Rat)2019
acrylic on linen
160 x 170 cm
Honey Bag Bundit Puangthong Bundit Puangthong - Honey Bag
Honey Bag 2020
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Honey Bag2020
Acrylic On Linen
150 x 150 cm
Swim with Me Bundit Puangthong Bundit Puangthong - Swim with Me
Swim with Me 2019
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Swim with Me2019
Acrylic On Plywood
113 x 111 cm
Gold Fish in My Mouth Bundit Puangthong Bundit Puangthong - Gold Fish in My Mouth
Gold Fish in My Mouth 2020
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Gold Fish in My Mouth2020
acrylic on linen
115 x 203 cm
Straw Puppet Bundit Puangthong Bundit Puangthong - Straw Puppet
Straw Puppet 2018
Straw PuppetBundit PuangthongStraw Puppet
Straw Puppet2018
Acrylic, Spray Paint And Soft Pastel On Linen
140 x 141 cm
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Water has special meaning for Thai people. There are many rituals and festivals focused around water and its ability to both cleanse and bring life. Our new year is marked by Songkran, which is a water festival. My village in the south of Thailand, experiences floods every year. My family were traveling performers and we travelled by boat along the river system in the south. Water is a big part of my life. I believe water always brings something. But it also takes. This series of work is centred around this idea of giving and taking, and the circular aspects of life. The paintings capture many childhood memories and stories of my culture and deal with the things I have both lost and gained.

  • Give the Monkey Some Diamonds 2020
  • This painting is inspired by a story I remember learning about in primary school. The story involved a monkey being gifted diamond by a king, but the monkey of course didn't know the value of the diamonds and just liked the way they sparkled. I remember always thinking, what a foolish monkey. Looking back, I can see I was a little bit like the monkey, also attacked by sparkling things or seeing something I really wanted. But because I had very little, I always valued and treasured the few things I was given. This painting is a reminder to always appreciate and value things you are given, even if it is someone's time or knowledge or an opportunity.
  • Honey Bag 2020
  • My village was at the end of a river system. Boats would come into the little port and have to turn around and go back again. But they would always stop for a meal or to sell things. I grew up by the river and had many relatives who all worked either on the river or along the river. There were so many boat businesses that brought products to town. I remember always waiting for the boat that brought the palm sugar liquid, similar to honey, in the drum. Other kids and I used to jump from the bridge when the boat came past to try to get in the boat and see what they had. In my memories is a fun and beautiful thing to do.
  • Naked Boy (Ghost Rat) 2019
  • My family was one of the poorest families in a very poor village. I never had clothes of my own, always hand-me-downs that were either too big or too small, so I often just didn't bother wearing them. I was the naughtiest kid in the village. I was wild and never followed the rules. I was known to help myself to farmer’s produce and proudly take watermelons, pumpkins, mango, palm sugar or anything I could find, back home to my mum. She would then be torn to between having food for the family and teaching me between right and wrong. She would always make me give it back. My family worked in rice fields and the markets so I was always out in the sun. The classism in Thailand was often linked to how dark your skin was. Wealthy families didn't have to do manual labour like farming, so their skin was pale. My dark skin and my scruffy appearance meant I was always viewed as below others. My village names were Naked Boy or Ghost Rat. But this motivated me and ended up being a title I wore with pride. I was determined to prove to them that I was more than what they saw. I worked hard, paid for my own education from age 12, got scholarships in the arts and was the first person in my family to go to university. As a kid I used to tell my mum I would work hard and by her a bus. I never bought her a bus but I did build her a new, flood-proof, house. I like to think of that house standing in my village as a reminder to everyone of how far I have come.
  • Feel Free 2020
  • This painting deals with the feeling of freedom. I have experienced that feeling many times in my life, but often at unusual times. For example, during the many, many floods that ripped through my village and my home. I can remember the sound of the floods coming - the wind, the rain, the calls of both wild and kept animals, the cries and shouts of family and villagers preparing for the oncoming devastation. As a kid, you would think this would scare me but it actually excited me. I loved it. I found it freeing - the idea of the flood coming and washing everything away was somehow liberating. I remember one year we had taken refuge in my aunties house that had a second level on stilts. In the morning when the rain had stopped, we opened the windows on the second level, and the flood water had completely covered the bottom level and came right up to the second level window. I remember jumping out the window and swimming over houses. I felt like I was flying. I reconnect with that feeling often, but I can't recreate it. Sometimes freedom can only be truly felt when you have no control, or even when you look to lose everything, and just let go.
  • Goldfish In My Mouth 2020
  • One summer, when I was 6-7 years old, I went to stay with my aunty in another village. She was married to a policeman and they lived in a police compound. My uncle’s brother was also a policeman and had all kinds of exotic pets. He had a bear, a monkey, a python, squirrels and birds. All of these animals can be seen in this painting. While staying with my aunty, I was invited to play at another family's house. When I got there, they had a fish tank with lots of beautiful fish. They were washing the tank and took all the fish out and put them in bowls around the house. I watched the fish the whole time I was there and really wanted one. Without thinking I grabbed a goldfish, put it in my mouth and ran all the way back to my aunt’s house. When I got there, she asked me how my visit was and I couldn't answer her because I had a fish in mouth. I ran behind the house and spat the fish into a bucket of water. My aunt was shocked and made me take the goldfish back.
  • Banana Remote 2020
  • This painting is inspired by images of people riding elephants or buffalos where the person riding holds a banana on a long stick to direct the animal. Sometimes when I see people walking along the street looking at their mobile, I am reminded of this. The painting features a monkey riding a cow. The monkey has a remote control. They are both blissfully happy but have no idea where they are going.
  • Swim with Me 2019
  • This painting captures the feeling of the afternoon, finishing primary school and walking home. It wasn’t a long distance. It should have only taken 20 mins, but there was always so much fun to do. Often, I would stop by the pond and jump in. One day I remember splashing around in the pond with a friend when a buffalo, which had been under the water the whole time, suddenly came up shocking us all. Other times I remember pulling pythons, fish, turtles out of the water. It reminds me of that magical freedom you have as a kid.
  • Chasing Tail 2020
  • Chasing Tail was the name of a kids’ game we would all play in the village during festivals or community events. In the painting you can see streamers or bunting forming a tent-like shape which was the usual set up for festivals. Some of the other small images are of cultural objects and childhood toys. In the game all the children had tails made of sarongs. A child would be ‘it’ and walk around the outside of the circle while everyone else sang and clapped hands.
  • The child would secretly drop their tail sarong behind someone, then when the music stopped and you saw that the sarong was behind you, you had to run after the person and beat them back to their spot. If you beat them, they continued to be ‘it’. If you lost, you were ‘it’ and had to drop your tail behind someone. The games went on and on like this but we all applied it happily for hours. This game and the other use of the phrase, chasing your tail, makes me think about life and the Buddhist idea of it being a big recurring circle. But we get caught chasing a dream, we go around and round like a dog chasing its tail. Then when we get the dream, we stop and find something else to chase. My dog is a very smart dog, but she always chases her tail. She gets so worked up and tries so hard. Once she gets her tail the fun is over. She just stops and holds it for a bit and then lets go and walks off. This painting is asking: what are you chasing?
  • Joe the Brick Man 2019
  • This painting tells a personal story from my Australian family. Joe was my wife’s grandfather. He passed away last year. He migrated from Scotland with his wife and kids (including my wife’s mother) and started his life from scratch. As a bricklayer he got work here and built a life for his family. We were from different times and different worlds but we were kind of similar too. We both migrated to Australia. We were very focussed on family and not afraid of hard work. He talked about a family being like a house and needing a strong foundation. But that you need to take with every layer. With bricklaying, every brick counts. Joe watched three generations of his family grow here. I am just building my first layer, but I hope my sons take care building the next layers. This painting is an ode to Joe but also a reminder to always be proud of your beginning and to take care with what comes next. I hope my sons are always proud of their family history and culture. In the centre of the painting there is a rice cooker that also looks like a cement mixer used by Joe. It is meant to symbolise hard work and providing for the family.
  • Three Silent 2020
  • While this painting is simple and calm and features beautiful angles, this painting is about climate change. You can see images of nature's elements, earth, air, water, fire in the painting. It is about seeing the signs or warnings that nature is giving us - floods, bush fire, draughts. We need to listen to nature. The wave-like image at the bottom left of this painting is a reference to markings in Japan that warn people not to build beyond that point. For generations the markings were obeyed until eventually they were ignored and people built beyond the markings. A tsunami then came and wiped out the new town. It is amazing how we can be presented with warnings and just ignore them. This painting is encouraging people to listen to nature.
  • Rice Flour 2019
  • Growing rice is hard work. It takes nine months from planting to harvesting and there are lots of stages and process for the farmers. As well as hard work it also involves good conditions like the right amount of rain, etc. So Thai people always pray to different angels to help with the harvest. Some of these angels can be seen in this painting. But often after nine months of hard work the rice can be ruined if there is too much rain or not enough. This strain and hard work is represented in some of the images in the painting such as the teeth. But when the rice crop is successful, all the hard work was worth it. One of the signs that the rice crop is going well is when you see the rice blossom. The flowers in this paint represent these signs of hope. In Thailand we eat rice with every meal. But we also ground the rice to make rice flour in cooking which we use in cooking and desserts, but because it is so sticky we also use it as a glue. As a child my dad would cover the inside of our longtail boat with a mix of rice flour and mud to seal it. Rice really did ‘hold’ us all together. This painting is acknowledging the importance of hard work and all the elements that need to come together for something to be successful.
Bundit Puangthong 'What Water Will Bring'

Though Bundit Puangthong studied both traditional and contemporary art making in his native Thailand, his emergence in contemporary Australian art happened almost as an afterthought. Having travelled to Melbourne to study English, Puangthong earned extra money as a street artist selling paintings to tourists and sketching chalk drawings on footpaths to the delight of passers-by. Trained in Thailand to paint billboards and puppet theatre backdrops, his large dioramas so impressed that complete strangers were compelled to suggest he apply to the Victorian College of Art to formalise his studies.

Over 20 years later, Puangthong is now noted for his unique aesthetic that blends traditional Thai iconography with Pop and Street Art references, as well as contemporary techniques in art making, to explore the tension and permutations of his bicultural experience. West and East, new and old, rural and urban – polarities of being that are deconstructed, abstracted, and reconstructed as modern reflections on cross-cultural life.

Initially Puangthong was wary of being too didactic in his compositions, of delving too deeply into tradition at the expense of his new life in Australia. Early paintings, though definitively inspired by Thai culture, were more tentative in their approach, featuring broad swathes of colour and lightly sketched icons that danced around the edges of his canvases. Now a more mature artist, Puangthong is revisiting his early years with renewed pride, and relishing the opportunity to share the myths and memories of his rich heritage. Bold and bright, with characters that beckon the audience into his world, Puangthong’s recent works celebrate his newfound confidence and pleasure at passing on his stories with each show.

Bundit Puangthong was born and raised in Thailand. Undertaking initial studies at the Academy of Arts, Nakorn Si Thamarat, Thailand in 1989, he was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chiang Mai University, Thailand, in 1995; a Diploma of Visual Arts, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT), in 2003; a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), Australian Academy of Design, Charles Stuart University (2004); and a Master of Visual Arts, Victorian College of the Arts (2005). A finalist in the invite-only Gold Award at Rockhampton Art Gallery in 2018, he was also included in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize (2020, 2018, 2017); Paddington Art Prize (2018); Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize (2021, 2017, 2011, 2009); and the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery (2009). In 2021 he was selected to create a 20mt high mural in Rose Lane for City of Melbourne’s Flash Fwd project. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Australia and internationally in Hong Kong and Thailand, and his work is held in public collections including Artbank, Sydney, and Rockhampton Museum of Art.

Bundit Puangthong

Born 1969, Thailand

Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia



  • Master of Visual Arts, Victorian College of the Arts


  • Visual Arts (Honours), Australian Academy of Design, Charles Stuart University,


  • Diploma of Visual Arts, NMIT Preston, Melbourne


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University, Thailand


  • Academy of Arts, Nakorn Si Thamarat, Thailand



  • 'One Part of The Story', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane


  • 'What Water will Bring', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane


  • 'The Object of Life', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane


  • 'New Works', Olsen Gallery, Sydney


  • 'Reliving', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane


  • 'Full Circle', Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne


  • 'Heaven Nine', Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney
  • 'Animal Magnetism', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane


  • 'Buffalo After the Rain', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane


  • 'Heaven Nine', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane


  • 'Boys Don’t Cry', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane
  • 'Bundit Puangthong', Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne
  • 'The Cat Street Gallery', Sheung Wan, Hong Kong


  • 'Bundit Puangthong', Iain Dawson Gallery, Sydney
  • 'Recent Work', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane


  • 'Tales of Old Siam', 45 Downstairs, Melbourne
  • 'Risk', Self Preservation, Melbourne


  • 'Second Step', Red Gallery, Melbourne


  • 'Under the Lotus Leaf', Artholes Gallery, Melbourne



  • Sydney Contemporary Presents, EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane


  • 'The New Gallery Show', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane
  • Grau Projekt, Victoria


  • Adelaide Festival Group Show, BMGART, Adelaide


  • Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane


  • Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane


  • Melbourne Art Fair, EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane
  • 'NOW', Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne


  • Small Works Show, EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane


  • Melbourne Art Fair, EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane


  • Finalist Group Exhibition, Sovereign Art Prize, Hong Kong
  • Group Exhibition, EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane
  • Faculty of Fine Art Exhibition, Chiang Mai University, Thailand


  • Geelong Regional Artists, Gordon Gallery, Victoria
  • Clement Meadmore Gallery, Australian Academy of Design, Melbourne


  • Linden Postcard Show, Melbourne
  • Bid4Freedom, Melbourne


  • Athenaeum Club Visual Art Award, Melbourne



  • Finalist, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery


  • Finalist, Gold Award, Rockhampton Art Gallery
  • Shortlisted, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery
  • Finalist, Paddington Art Prize, Sydney


  • Finalist, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Queensland
  • Shortlisted, Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery


  • Finalist, Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria


  • Finalist, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour
  • Shortlisted, Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery


  • Shortlisted, Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong/United Kingdom


  • Merit Award, Australian Academy of Design, Melbourne


  • 1st Prize (judged by John Cattapan), Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT), Preston, Melbourne


  • Artbank
  • Rockhampton Art Gallery



  • Amelia Winata, "Between Worlds", Art Guide Australia, 19 June 2020


  • "Picture This: Bundit Puangthong", Feature, Daily Review, 4 August
  • Alexandra Brown, "Art Buying Novice? Why Art Fairs Are Where You Should Start" Vogue Australia, 11 August


  • "Gallery: Buffalo After the Rain", Map Magazine, 12 November, p. 44


  • Inga Walton, "Bundit Puangthong: The Culture Chameleon", art4d [Thailand], Issue 162, August, 2009, p.58-61
  • Inga Walton, "The Art of Cultural Fusion: Works by Bundit Puangthong", Etchings, Issue 7: 'Chameleons', July, 2009, cover & p.58-69.
  • Ronnie Girdham, "There’s a lot going on: Bundit Puangthong’s loud and cheerful artwork blends East with West", Feature, The Sunday Mail, 29 November
  • "Why is Thailand difficult for street artists? Graffiti artist Bundit Puangthong explains", Feature, Art Radar, 2 July
  • "Coming to Grips with Graffiti", Feature, Bangkok Post, 25 June


  • Ronnie Girdham, "East Meets West on Canvas", Feature, The Sunday Mail, 7 September
  • "Framed", Feature, Vogue Australia, October, p. 141
  • Profiles, Art Almanac, August
  • "This Art Week", Australian Art Collector Magazine, 29 July

March 26, 2022

BUNDIT PUANGTHONG Mural painting performance at Hawthorn Arts Centre

‘Expanded Canvas’ is a major exhibition at Town Hall Gallery exploring the dynamic and innovative nature of contemporary painting. The traditional grid and 2D picture plane are replaced by modern surfaces, including drop sheets, sign vinyl, virtual space, and the gallery wall itself.

Bundit’s mural painting will be exhibited in the major exhibition ‘Expanded Canvas’, showing at Hawthorn Arts Centre, Victoria - 23 April to Saturday 2 July 2022.


November 19, 2021


NGV is committed to providing creative experiences for young people and their families and sharing new ways to be creative. The gallery invited Bundit Puangthong to conduct a series of online workshops for their NGV Kids programme, during the 2021 Melbourne lockdown.

With a background in puppeteering, Bundit created a range of workshops with an introduction to making paper puppets.


November 19, 2021


The Sunshine Coast Art Prize is a dynamic visual arts award reflecting outstanding contemporary 2D arts practice in Australia. Now in its 16th year, this significant art award is the flagship event for the Sunshine Coast’s Regional Gallery in Caloundra, attracting entries from emerging and established artists across the nation.

This year Bundit Puangthong was a finalist with his work 'Riding Stars' 2021


November 19, 2021


Held every two years, the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize attracts some of Australia’s most accomplished artists, awarding a generous acquisitive cash prize of $50,000. The Prize provides Bendigo Art Gallery with the opportunity to survey contemporary painting by established and emerging artists from across Australia.

Bundit Puangthong is a finalist in the 2021 prize with his work 'The Living Room' 2021.


August 20, 2021


Flash Forward is creating a connected network of laneways across Melbourne with their own stories, visuals and acoustic designs.

Showcasing Melbourne’s creative culture and unlocking the potential of some of the city’s lesser-known laneways, more than 80 creatives have been commissioned to create over 40 art installations, 40 albums and stage 40 gigs across the city.

As part of the project Bundit was commissioned to make a large-scale work in Rose Lane.


August 10, 2021


The 2021 Geelong contemporary art prize is a signature event that assists with the development of the Geelong Gallery’s collection while fostering Australian artists and contemporary painting practice in general.

Bundit Puangthong’s work ‘Skull splitter’ takes inspiration from a famous Buddhist story where a prince’s ship sinks, and he has to swim all the way back to shore. The story represents the challenges we all face, despite our social status, and the lessons we learn from them. ⁠

Image: Bundit Puangthong ‘Skull splitter’, 2020, synthetic polymer paint and spray paint.


December 8, 2020



One in three American museums have not re-opened after lockdowns in March. But art continues to be bought, lent, and displayed by private banks. Dieter Buchhart, Art Critic







July 4, 2019


A new exhibition showcases the work of five Thai-born artists now living and working in Australia, the first of its kind in Melbourne.

Curated by Vipoo Srivilasa, the show was designed to provide a platform, "for [the artists] to have a voice in Australia".

An artist who moved to Australia 22 years ago, Srivilasa says when you emigrate, your cultural identity changes.

"All of them have a very strong sense of Thai culture in their work, yet it’s not traditional. It blends with Australian culture and becomes something new, something exciting."

The exhibition features the work of Gallery artist Bundit Puangthong

Un/Thaid runs until July 27 at Grau Projekt, Level 1, 2-12 Alexandra Pde, Clifton Hill. The gallery is open Wed-Sat, from 1pm-6pm.


June 22, 2019


UN/THAID Curated by Vipoo Srivilasa

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.

Thu 13th June, 2019 – Sat 27th July, 2019

Grau Projekt, Melbourne


August 21, 2018


Now in its 15th year, the annual Paddington Art Prize is a national acquisitive award for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape – a significant contemporary genre with a long tradition in Australian painting and a key contributor to our national ethos.

The Paddington Art Prize offers $30,000 to the overall winner. Louisa Antico from Sofala Cottage will offer a selected artist a one week retreat at her historic miner’s cottage in Sofala in the beautiful Turon Valley, 40km north of Bathurst on the road to Hill End; and Defiance Gallery Directors, Campbell Robertson-Swann and Lauren Harvey will select two artists to have an exhibition with Defiance Gallery at Mary Place Gallery in Sydney. Winners of the Defiance Gallery Prize will also receive an invitation to the Nock Art Foundation Residency, Queenstown, New Zealand during 2019 including three weeks accommodation at ‘Giverny’ with studio facilities.

Bundit Puangthong is a 2018 Finalist.

Image: Bundit Puangthong Green Fields 2018, 150 x 135cm, acrylic & pastel on paper


June 29, 2018


Designed as an invitational award, The Gold Award aims to acquire contemporary Australian painting to Rockhampton Art Gallery’s collection by means of the most outstanding work or works by an artist awarded a cash prize of $50,000 and acquired by Rockhampton Art Gallery. The Award was conceived in 2010 when the then Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust received a substantial bequest from the Estate of Moya Gold for the acquisition of Australian paintings. With industry review and guidance, the Trustees advised to expend the interest accumulated by the Gold Trust to fund a new painting award. Now in its fourth iteration The Gold Award has become a premier biennial event of national significance. Presented by Rockhampton Art Gallery, The Gold Award is a joint initiative of Rockhampton Art Gallery Philanthropy Board and Rockhampton Regional Council.

The Gold Award 2018 has been judged by Simon Elliott, Deputy Director, Collection and Exhibitions, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.

Bundit Puangthong was selected for the Gold Award in 2018.


May 31, 2017


The Drawing Wall is an ongoing series of site-specific, commissioned, temporary wall-based drawings or installations enlivening the foyer-space of the Eastbank Centre, directly outside Shepparton Art Museum. This year Bundit Puangthong has been commissioned to complete a drawing across the 4 x 12 metre space as well as conducting a stencil workshop in July.

More details here.

May 23, 2017


Designed to attract some of Australia’s finest contemporary artists, the inaugural Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize and exhibition was first held in 2003 at Bendigo Art Gallery. Every two years the Gallery invites artists to submit entries for the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize. The most outstanding work as judged by the selection panel is awarded an acquisitive cash prize of $50,000. 

Works from the shortlisted artists will be on display at Bendigo Art Gallery in the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize exhibition from 17 June – 20 August 2017.  The 2017 winner will be announced at the exhibition’s opening on Friday 16 June 2017.

This prize provides Bendigo Art Gallery with the opportunity to survey contemporary painting by attracting many high calibre and emerging artists from around Australia. 

May 8, 2017


The Sunshine Coast Art Prize is a national contemporary acquisitive award presented by Sunshine Coast Council. The Award is open to any artist who is an Australian resident, working in a 2D medium.

Forty finalists have been selected for an exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery and the winning work will be added to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.

Angela Goddard is the judge for the Sunshine Coast Prize 2017. Angela is the Director of Griffith Artworks, responsible for the Griffith University Art Collection and the Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane. Angela was previously the Curator of Australian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). Winners announced 31 August.

Image: Bundit Puangthong Where Is the Buddha? 2017 acrylic on linen 122 x 122 cm


September 21, 2016


Melissa Pesa thoughtfully writes about Bundit Puangthong's latest exhibition in the current edition of Art Almanac. She writes:

Puangthong’s paintings explore, in depth, the cultural differences experienced since his arrival in Australia in 2000. Utilising a range of techniques from stencils to detailed, academic brushwork and an evocative colour palette, Puangthong creates texturally layered paintings that highlight his interest in American pop and Australian street art. Captivated by Melbourne’s creative ambience, its feast of colour, ideas and energy generated from public spaces, cross-cultural similarities became apparent. Puangthong reminisces, “When I came to Melbourne and saw all the street art everywhere it reminded me of the stencil work in the temples in Thailand.” Incorporating this approach with a modern medium, Puangthong brings a fresh art style onto the canvas.

View the complete article HERE.

February 9, 2016

Bundit in Conversation

This March at the Festival of Live Art in Melbourne, Bundit Puangthong will take part in Asian Artists in Conversation. Participating artists will provide a critical overview of the Asian art landscape, and discuss the shifting boundaries and concepts of contemporary Asian art.

When: Sunday 6 March, 1pm – 5pm

Venue: FCAC Roslyn Smorgon Gallery

Cost: Free, bookings required

The Festival of Live Art is hosted by Arts House, Theatre Works and Footscray Community Arts Centre, and is current 1 – 13 March 2016. For more information, click here.

Bundit's forthcoming exhibition is from 4 - 22 October 2016.


27 November 2024 – 14 December 2024

8 – 11 September 2022

30 November 2021 – 18 December 2021
Bundit Puangthong ‘Endless Yarn’

19 June 2020 – 15 July 2020
Bundit Puangthong ‘What Water Will Bring’

26 June 2019 – 17 July 2019
THE NEW GALLERY SHOW — A Group Exhibition

29 August 2018 – 15 September 2018

20 September 2016 – 15 October 2016
Bundit Puangthong ‘Reliving’

9 – 13 September 2015
Sydney Contemporary Art Fair

14 – 17 August 2014
Melbourne Art Fair

20 – 22 September 2013
Sydney Contemporary Art Fair

6 – 24 November 2012
Bundit Puangthong ‘Buffalo After the Rain’

6 – 24 March 2012
Collectors Show

26 November 2011 – 17 December 2011
Summer Show

2 January 2011 – 19 February 2011
Summer Show

27 September 2010 – 16 October 2010
Spring Exhibition

1 – 30 January 2010
The Summer Show

3 – 19 December 2008
The Christmas Show

2 September 2008 – 4 October 2008
Bundit Puangthong ‘Recent Work’