Contemporary artist, Pakpoom Silaphan, will be showcasing his latest collection at Castle Fine Art on King Street on Saturday 4th November, from 1-3pm.

Brought up in a rural Thai community, Pakpoom’s early access to the Western world came from the advertising of lucrative brands and commercial logos.

His art demonstrates an awareness of other cultures and environments, made universally relevant through internationally recognised symbols such as those of Pepsi and Coca-Cola. This use of mass consumerism is teamed with artistic influences from the likes of Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali to bridge the gap between East and West.

Pakpoom’s collection establishes how every country can be connected through inherently Eastern objects reworked into Westernised statements of consumption, advertising and iconography. His use of the universal language of signs and symbols creates an eye-catching display of works.

Pakpoom Silaphan said: “I have practised drawing and painting for as long as I can remember, and have always been interested in other cultures and the challenge of experiencing a new environment.

‘Manchester is a unique and diverse city which makes it the perfect place to exhibit my latest collection. I hope my work sparks a conversation between gallery visitors on the effects of advertising and mass consumption.’’

Nic Beese, gallery manager at Castle Fine Art, Manchester, said: “Pakpoom’s works are truly striking and always attract lots of attention in our gallery. His latest collection is so intriguing and has the ability to engage any viewer due to its over-arching symbolic relevance.”

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