The paintings of Atipong Padanupong อธิพงศ์ ภาดานุพงศ์ are narrative works reflecting his years of experience as a storybook illustrator. Unique episodes from the Thai literary epic, Ramakien (adapted from India’s Ramayana), are stories that fascinate him. In traditional Thai khon performance of Ramakien, the players wear beautifully crafted masks portraying their characters. As in human society’s present interactions, everyone has a part to play and wears his or her varieties of masks to suit society’s expectations.
His compositions are as if filled with chaos; the players express their emotions with body language, while their faces are child-like. The players know that they are on a stage; the surroundings are a theater set — none of it is permanent as if they are life’s many illusions.
A largely self-taught painter, Atipong Padanupong graduated in Visual Communication Design from Rangsit University. He has been traveling extensively, especially in the Himalayas and studied Tibetan thangka paintings in Dharamsala, India. Padanupong is also an accomplished photographer and had won a Leica for AICR Sport and Leisure Photo Contest. He made his debut solo exhibition at Serindia Gallery in 2013 entitled The Player, with oil paintings and photographs inspired by the folk khon โขนสด theater of Thailand.