Represented artist

Phaptawan Suwannakudt

Born Thailand 1959, works Sydney, Bangkok
An artist working with traditional Thai mural painting, public projects, and individual paintings series



Master of Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney


B.A. in Languages [English major, German minor, Silpakorn University, Nakhon Pathom


Graduated from Suksanaree High School, Bangkok

Professional Background

Freelance artist in traditional style and mural painting

Teaching Experience

12 years as Special Instructor, Thai mural painting unit, Painting Section, SUPPORT Foundation. (The Foundation for Supplementary Occupations and Techniques, Office of Her Majesty's Private Secretary, Chitralada Palace, Bangkok, April 1984 - February 1996)

Working Experience


organized and led the Tan Kudt Group of painters for temple and hotel murals


E.S.L. teacher for Indo-Chinese refugees, Pragmatics Company Ltd., a UNHCR Project


Twelve years'painting apprenticeship to my father, the late artist in Thai style, Paiboon Suwannakudt, or Tan Kudt



Gunnery Studio residency, NSW Ministry for the Arts


Australia Council Studio Grant for new work by an established artist

Artist in Residence


The Womanifesto international collaborative Program at Rai Boonbandarn, North East Thailand.


Bundanon Trust, residential Studio Grant, January

Temple Murals and other Buddhist Works

I usually did the designs for and supervised the painting by a team of from six to ten artists.


A Buddhist Series of Tree and Flower Allegories painted during visits to Thailand and China.


Commission from the Zen Centre, Annandale for its Gorricks' Run meditation temple, funded by the Australia Council, for an altar painting of the Buddha in meditation.


August, brief visit to Thailand to complete designs for a Mahayana Temple in Nakhon Pathom, and commence designs for a specially commissioned temple scheme by Bangkok Airways at a temple on Samui Island.


Lives of the Buddha Screen entirely executed and completed in Sydney. The work is 1.8 x 4.32 meters overall, on the narrative theme of Buddha's previous lives and the life of the historical Buddha.


Designs for exterior gables and pediment of Buddha image at Wat Phuttharangsee, Annandale,Sydney


Phutthamonthol Buddhist Center, near Bangkok [1,200 sq. m., basic designs for 86 panels of 1.8 x 8 meters, Supervisor of five teams each of seven-eight artists, about thirty-five artists overall]


Wat Sri Dongklang, Khon Kaen [100 sq.m.]


Wat Saket, Samui, Surat Thani [complete ubosot, 200 sq.m]
Completed the unfinished work of Acharn Angkarn Kalayanapon at Wat Sri Khom Kham, Phayao [figures in upper panels and Tree of Life in reredos behind main icon]

Wat Tha Suthawat, Angthong [complete ubosot, 200 sq.m.] for the Royal Support Foundation, these murals were featured on a special set of Thai postage stamps in 1999


Wat Jaksa Phattaram, Uthai Thani [complete ubosot, 160 sq.m.]


Wat Theppol, Bangkok [mondop, 12 sq.m.]


Wat Ban Chang, Chonburi [complete ubosot, 140 sq.m.]


Wat Sri Kom Kham, Phayao, own work on the lower narrative panels only, 220 sq.m.], graciously opened by H.R.H. Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn in January 1993

Hotel & Office Murals


Mural in residence of District Chief Officer, Tak province

Murals in Wimanthip Room, Montien Riverside Hotel, Bangkok

Murals for The Century Hotel, Bangkok


Room murals for Laguna Banyan Tree Resort, Phuket

Murals in Bangkok Airways office at Bangkok Airport

Murals in Ballroom, Montien Riverside Hotel, Bangkok


Murals for Dining Room lobby, Thai Embassy, Paris


Murals for Function Room, The Regent of Bangkok, Hotel

Lobby and other murals for Laguna Banyan Tree Resort, Phuket


Murals for President's Office, Bangkok Airways


Lobby mural for the Royal Garden Hotel, Bangkok, 11 x 1.35 meters, on Thai silk


Mural for Thai Airways Office, Paris


Leader of the group painting Sawan / Heaven mural for the Ballroom of The Regent of Bangkok Hotel

Leader of the group painting the Koh Kaew Pisadahl / Magical Crystal mural at the Conference Room in Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket


Leader of the group painting Muang Thong / The Golden City mural at the Coffee Shop, Silom Plaza Hotel, Bangkok

Solo Exhibition


May-July, Catching the Moment: Each Step is the Past, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney


August, Three Worlds, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne


February, The Journey of an Elephant: The Ongoing Journey, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne


March, The Elephant and the Bush, Arc one Gallery, Melbourne
January, Recent Works Numthong Gallery, Bangkok


July, Turtles, a Fish, and Ghosts…, Gallery 4A, Sydney

June, Karma Women Buddha, Span Gallery, Melbourne


November, Buddhist Lives Tadu Gallery, Bangkok


July/August, New Works, Sherman Galleries, Hargrave Street, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibition


18th Sydney Beinnale, Sydney, Australia


March, Women Artists Exhibition 100th year of International Women's Day, The National Gallery of Thailand 

January-April, Edge of Elsewhere, as part of Sydney Festival 2011, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW


November-December, Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Mosman Gallery, Sydney

2010 September-October, Blacktown City Art Exhibition 2010, Blacktown Art Centre, NSW

2010 September-October, Text as Spiritual Imagery, McGlade Gallery, Australian Catholic University, Sydney

2010 April-May, Ephemeral but Eternal Words: Trace of Asia, The Research School of Humanities and the Arts and ANU School of Art Gallery, ANU 

2010 March-May, Second Language, 24HR ART Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin


October-November, Broadsheet Notations: Epilogue, Tang Contemporary Art


December, Smile of the Buddha : Image of Enlightenment, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra

March-April, Heading North, Maroondah Gallery, Melbourne, curate by Damian Smith


October-November, Fletcher Jones Art Prize Exhibition, Geelong Gallery, Victoria

June-July, Utopia Limited : Inhabiting Sydney, curate by Jo Holder, The Cross Art Projects, Sydney


Open Letter touring exhibition, April -Gallery 4A, Sydney, August -National Gallery of Thailand, October -The Metropolitan Museum of Manila, February 2006 -The National Gallery of Malaysia


October-November, Abstractions, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra


July-September, El Poder de Narrar [The Power of Narration, with nine artists from eight countries, catalogue texts by Kevin Power, Patrick Flores and Trinh Minh Ha], Espai d'art Cntemporani de Castelló, Valenciana, Spain

February, Gang of Four, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne


November, Gang of Four [with Simryn Gill, Lindy Lee, Savandhary Vongphutorn] Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Sydney


March, Women imaging women: home, body, memory, [Artists from Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam], Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila


March, co-organizer and exhibitor at Womanifesto Exhibition of work by Thai and Overseas Women artists at Concrete House, Nonthaburi and at Baan Chaopraya, Bangkok


March, Tan Kudt Group at Place of Art, Bangkok March, Tradisexion: Five Thai Women Artists at Concrete House, Nonthaburi


October, Invited Artists Exhibition of Tadsawat group, Place of Art, Bangkok


November, Art Exhibition by Eighty Artists, The Montien Hotel, Bangkok 
October, Art Exhibition by Thai Women Artists, Siam City Hotel, Bangkok

March, Art Exhibition by Thai Women Artists, Contempus Gallery, Queen Sirikit Convention Center, Bangkok


November, Thai Contemporary Art Exhibition, Artists to Heart for Emergency Home, The Hilton Hotel, Bangkok


April, Thai Contemporary Art Exhibition, Thai Commercial Bank, Bangkok


March, organized the Thai Contemporary Artists Exhibition with Tan Kudt Group and invited artists in Paris


August, Fourth Exhibition of Tan Kudt Group at the Thai Cultural Fair, Keio, Co. Ltd., Tokyo

July, Co-operating Advisor for Student Exhibition from painting section, SUPPORT Foundation, The Dusit Thani Hotel, Bangkok


December, Third Exhibition of Tan Kudt Group at Tsa-ho Gallerie Internationale, St.Pierre, Île de La Réunion.


October, Second Exhibition of Tan Kudt Group in co-operation with student work from SUPPORT Foundation graciously presided over by H.R.H. Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn at The Regent of Bangkok Hotel.


March, First Exhibition of Tan Kudt Group, graciously presided over by H.R.H. Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn and H.R.H. Princess Chulabhorn at The Montien Hotel, Bangkok