Vipoo Srivilasa

Vipoo Srivilasa

Written by neu / Translated by AURA ART

Vipoo Srivilasa, an artist, curator and artistic activist from Thailand based in Melbourne, Australia. He mainly produces sculptures using ceramics conveying universal messages through cross-cultural experiences in a playful and unique style.

"Ceramics can itself be a form of art and a material for expression."

Vipoo was born in Bangkok, moved from Thailand to Australia in 1997, studied pottery at Monash University in Melbourne, and later earned a master's degree from the University of Tasmania.
In Bangkok, pottery is usually not the main departments of study, and many students choose it as their secondary majors, but he chose pottery as his only major. Through this choice, he decided to devote his life to the production of ceramic works.
"Ceramics can itself be a form of art and a material for expression."
It was what he learned when he got his degree.
Having built his career from scratch in Melbourne, he mainly presents his works produced in Australia in Thailand.

Practice - Collaboration

You may be noticed in the work with an expert unrelated to art. It's an idea, not a skill. Sometimes people who have first joined to the workshop make wonderful works. As a more shared artistic practice, he cooked Thai food and served the audience at Roop-Rote-Ruang (Taste Touch Tell) at the Sydney Asian Centre for Contemporary Art 4A in 2008. In each course he talked about how he moved from Thailand to Australia, and when people finished their meals, they could see the pictures on the plates.
In this way, he shares his unique ideas with the audience using a method of pottery.

Vipoo's website for the performance

About Social minorities ~ With the theme of LGBTQ

Vipoo often touches not only on Australian culture, but also on political and social issues such as the environment, migration and minorities.

In The "THE MARRIAGE OF SANG THONG" in Subhashok the Arts Centre in 2019, he was inspired Australian legal authorization on a same-sex marriage and mentioned on LGBTQ. He exhibited a Bronze sculptures expressing 10 important incidents related to a same-sex marriage, such as the Stonewall Upraising, and in a work called "1956" he introduces a follow-up hoping that same-sex marriage will be approved in Thailand.

Artist's Profile

Vipoo Srivilasa

Born in 1969, Bangkok
Migrated to Australia in 1997

1998 Master of Fine Art and Design (ceramic), University of Tasmania, Hobart
1997 Graduate Diploma of Arts (ceramic), Monash University, Melbourne
1994 Bachelor of Art (ceramic), Rangsit University, Bangkok, Thailand

Awards received
Winner, National Sports Museum Basil Sellers Creative Arts Fellowship

Winner, 44th Muswellbrook Art Prize Ceramic
Highly Commended, Deakin Small Sculpture Award
People Choice Award, Clunes Ceramic Award
Honourable Mentions, Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award
Grant, Career development, Australian Council for the Arts

Grant, Australian Embassy Seoul Grant for cultural exchange project
Grant, Skill and Arts Development Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

Winner, Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award
Grant, Lighton International Artists Exchange Program, USA
Grant, Australia - Korea Foundation

Grant, Cool Japan Fund
Grant, Arts Victoria, International Program
Grant, Skill and Arts Development Grant, Australian Council for the Arts

Grant, Copyright Agency Limited, Creative Industries Fund
Grant, Australia – Thailand Institute, The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Grant, Australia International Cultural Council

Grant, Arts Victoria, International Program
Grant, New Work Developmen, Australian Council for the Arts

Grant, Skill and Arts Development Grant, Australian Council for the Arts

Grant, International Program, Arts Victoria
Winner, Suncoast Clayworkers Sculpture Award

Grant, New Work Development, Australian Council for the Arts
Honourable Mention, World Ceramic Biennale, Icheon, Korea

Grant, Australia – Thailand Institute, The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Grant, Arts Victoria, International Program

Winner, Artful Teapot Award, Paynter Gallery

Winner, Golden Teapot Award, Morpeth Gallery

Winner, City of Redcliffe Excellence in Craft Award
Merit Prize, Port hacking Potters Group Awards (paperclay

Highly Commended, Tasmania Potters Society Annual Exhibition

Recipient, Honorary Research Associate, School of Art University of Tasmania
Winner, Northcote Decoration Award, Tasmania Potters' Society Annual Exhibition

Main solo exhibitions
Everyday Shrines, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria
Everyday Shrines, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne

Happy Together, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
This Might Be The Place, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
Super Hero, Kingston Arts Centre, Melbourne

Deity, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
Red-Eared Slider, Adler Subhashok Gallery, Bangkok

Happy Land, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
Collective Reef, Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria

Equilibrium, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane

How to Make a Million Before Dinner, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
Red Room, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Sydney

Thai Na Town - Little Oz, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney; Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Indigo Tomb, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
Indigo Monster, La Lanta Fine Art, Bangkok
Ready to Play, Maunsell Wickes Galleries, Sydney

Symbols, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane

Aftermath, collaboration project with the Pottery Workshop, PWS Gallery, Jingdezhen, China

Indigo Kingdom, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne Colonies, Surapon Gallery, Bangkok
Colonies, Surapon Gallery, Bangkok
Monster by Hands: collaboration project with Thai Celadon factory, Pong Noi Art Space, Chiang Mai

For The Future, Über Gallery, Melbourne
Roop, Root, Ruang (Taste-touch-tell) 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney

My Self : My Other, Über Gallery, Melbourne

Lai Krarm, Surapon Gallery, Bangkok

Mythical Monster, Freeman 3 Gallery, Hobart

Action Man, Haecceity Arts Gallery, Melbourne

The Coral Show, Haecceity Art Gallery, Melbourne

Ocean Fantasies, Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design Gallery, Adelaide
S&M Mermaid, Object Store, Sydney

Ocean Fantasies, Side Space Gallery, Hobart

Mermaids, State Craft Gallery, Melbourne

Main collection
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland

Australian Arts Bank, Melbourne
Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
Bluestone Collection, Melbourne
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Victoria
City of Darebin, Victoria
City of Port Phillip, Victoria
College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales, New South Wales
Deakin University, Melbourne
Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria
Gold Coast City Gallery
Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Victoria
Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, the, Queensland
Manningham City Council, Victoria
Margaret Lawrence Australian Ceramic Collection, Victoria
Muswellbrook Shire City Council, NSW
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra
Rockhamton Art Gallery, Queensland
School of Rural Health, Melbourne University, Shepparton, VIC
Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria
Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Queensland
Whitehorse City Council., Victoria
Wollongong Art Gallery, New South Wales

Henan Museum, Zhengzhou, China
Australia Embassy, Seoul, Korea
Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Korea
Korean Ceramic Foundation, Korea
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

North America
The Rosenfield Collection, Dallas, Texas, USA
The Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics, Canada
College of Arts and Humanities, University of Hawaii, Hawaii
Kamm Teapot Foundation, California, USA

Craft Council, London, The United Kingdom

Editor: neu