Kositpipat in May 2007
February 15, 1955 |
Chiang Rai Province, Thailand
|Awards||Silpathorn Award for Visual Arts, 2004|
Chalermchai Kositpipat (Thai: เฉลิมชัย โฆษิตพิพัฒน์) (born February 15, 1955 in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand), is a Thai visual artist. Primarily a painter, Chalermchai's works have been exhibited worldwide, and he is known for his use of Buddhist imagery in his art.
Chalermchai Kositpipat was born into a Sino-Thai family. He later attended Silpakorn University, which was Thailand's primary visual arts school. He graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in Thai art in 1977.
He started out painting movie advertisements on billboards. His early murals mixed traditional Thai Buddhist temple art with contemporary images, which was controversial. Nonetheless, he was commissioned 1988 to paint murals for Wat Buddhapadipa in London. The murals took four years to complete and were controversial because of the contemporary stylings. "I got complaints from everybody – from the [Thai] government, from monks and from other artists, saying that what I was doing was not Thai art," he was quoted as saying in 1998.
"Only death can stop my dream, but cannot stop my project," Chalermchai was quoted as saying about the temple, adding that he believes the work will give him "immortal life". He was the first visual arts honoree for the inaugural Silpathorn Award, created in 2004 to honor living Thai contemporary artists at mid-career.
 See also
- Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat / Sala Keoku / Buddha Park
- Lek Viriyaphant / Sanctuary of Truth
- Visionary environments
- Nicholas Roerich
- William Blake
- Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis
- Sandra Cate (2002). Making Merit, Making Art: A Thai Temple in Wimbledon. University of Hawaii Press. p. 189. ISBN 0-8248-2357-5.
- Gearing, Julian (1998-10-02). "Painted into a corner". AsiaWeek. Retrieved 2009-11-30.
- "Mural Paintings". Wat Buddhapadipa. Retrieved 2007-08-24.
- "白庙华丽大方的艺术品". 2009-11-06. Retrieved 2009-11-13.[dead link]
- Thaveephol, Nuttanee (2003-02-01). "Wat Rong Khun: A labor of love and devotion". Chiang Mai Mail. Retrieved 2007-08-24.
- Chalermchai Kositpipat at Rama 9 Art
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