Transcending

Thai Surrealism : The Art of Somphong Adulyasaraphan

By Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)

The Last Land (1983) by Somphong AdulyasarapanMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)

Finding Happiness

Deep Beauty in a Nook and Hinterland Trekking.

Garden behind the House, Somphong Adulyasarapan, 1979, From the collection of: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)
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Land Divided (1981) by Somphong AdulyasarapanMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)

The world as it once was has been destroyed at the hands of humankind.

To evade this horror, this is a dream of the purest of imagined kingdoms with unspoiled forest, crystal lakes, and verdant fauna.

Dream next to the Sea (1988) by Somphong AdulyasarapanMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)

Under the Sea

Imaginations dwelling in the depths of the sea.

House under the Sea (1986) by Somphong AdulyasarapanMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)

The Artist imagines a dwelling in the depths of the sea. Close inspection reveals that the house is moving under its own powers and has fins to help propel it through the water.

He opted to paint a house in a bring deep perched on odd stilts a kin to the spindly legs of crabs.

Under the Sea-1 (1994) by Somphong AdulyasarapanMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)

Under the Sea-2 (1994) by Somphong AdulyasarapanMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)

Gazing at the World Through the Gate (2002) by Somphong AdulyasarapanMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)

Headlong Hurtle Across the Wide World

In Defence of Forests and Loving the Land in Return for Its Love.

Village and Town Corruption, Somphong Adulyasarapan, 1994, From the collection of: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)
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The skeletons of the wild boar, dog, crow and lizard are symbolic of the destruction and damage caused by the actions of an ignorant and avaricious society. In essence, destroying nature is the same as destroying one's own life.

A Tale from Ko Samet, Somphong Adulyasarapan, 2005, From the collection of: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)
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New Exhibition of Fossils (2006) by Somphong AdulyasarapanMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)

The Artist imagine of a new world that is aborning Phoenix-like from the ashes and debris of the old one. This new world emerges in pristine form from a world egg in the very process of hatching.

A Land Where Life is Found (2009) by Somphong AdulyasarapanMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)

New World New Hope

Extending blessings to both the endangered world and an emerging new generation.

Immersed in the Moon (2011) by Somphong AdulyasarapanMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)

The Artist detached from the old world to the new hope, the imagination lead him to the dreamland where colorful and lively. Performances by fancy model with a gorgeous figure.

We find a female figure depicted much as others depicted by the artist through the years. The figure has the body of a buxom human female with the head of animal.

Two-Dimensional Village (2013) by Somphong AdulyasarapanMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)

Move the Forrest (2013) by Somphong AdulyasarapanMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)

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Somphong Adulyasaraphan.
Transcending Thai Surrealism: The Art of Somphong Adulyasaraphan.--Bangkok : MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013.
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1. Arts. I. Pimphan Hansrisakul, jt. auth. II. Clontz, Jack M, jt. auth. III. Title.

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