Bundit Puangthong’s perceptive search through worldwide cultural imagery is grounded in traditional technique and the buzz of the street. He’s a bit of a flaneur, mixing new meaning from sources like religious iconography, contemporary corporate advertising and the personal, internal dialogue that accompanies studio work. His dreamlike compositions draw on childhood experience stenciling puppet theatre backdrops with his grandfather, as well as years of formal study in Thailand and Australia.
Bundit Puangthong holds a Bachelor of Arts in Printmaking from Chiang Mai University where renowned Thai artist Montien Boonma was his mentor, and a Master of Visual Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts. He has exhibited widely throughout Australia and Asia. Puangthong has been a finalist in multiple prizes including: the Gold Award through Rockhampton Art Gallery, the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, the Paddington Art Prize, the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, the Geelong Art Prize and the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award. In 2020 and 2021 he was a feature artist in the National Gallery of Victoria NGV Kids program.
Image: ‘Straw Boat’ 2021 acrylic on linen 107 x 137 cm