Pricha Arjunka

Artist : Pricha Arjunka


“Pricha recalled that he always preferred art classes which allowed

him to experiment in pure colours and free forms. Clearly he remembered

how Prayura Uluchada taught him the potentiality of colour contrasts and

complimentary colours which have become so essential in his work. After

all, the early sixties was the period when semi-abstract and abstract art

from the West was being assimilated by several painters in Bangkok.


For more than two decades Pricha’s development has been

purposeful and consistent. His work has focussed on the arrangement of

subtle forms on flat surface. There is, however, an exhilarating tension in

the feeling that he does not have it totally worked out, that he is not

proceeding according to a programme.


The result is spontaneity and surprise. Often, colours, lines, textures

are defined mainly as abstractions that resist illusion. Other times they

suggest space and depth but the boundaries are never clearly defined.


Nature is one of Pricha’s many sources of inspiration. But once in

his studio, the original experience is translated into a new one and

liberated from all traces of naturalism.”


Dr.Apinan Poshyananda


Pricha Arjunka

1936 Born in Bangkok, Thailand.



1964 B.F.A.,Silpakorn University, Bangkok

1968 Art Students League, N.Y., U.S.A.

1968 Skowhegan School of Painting& Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, U.S.A.

1969-72 Pratt Graphics Center, N.Y., U.S.A.


Solo Exhibitions

1965 A U A Bangkok.

1967 Gallery 11, K.L., Malaysia.

1967 The Royal Thai Embassy, Singapore.

1967 A U A Bangkok.

1974 Siam Society, Bangkok.

1982 The Bhirasri Institute of Modern Art, Bangkok.

1986 The Bhirasri Institute of Modern Art, Bangkok.

1988 The British Council Gallery, Bangkok.

1991 The Artist’s Gallery, Bangkok.

1996 The National Gallery, Bangkok.

2004 Atelier Art Gallery, Bangkok.


Teaching Experiences

1974-76 Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University.

1977-79 Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication, Thammasat University.

1964 International School, Bangkok.

1980-82 Department of Visual Arts, Silpakorn University.

1984 Faculty of Fine and Appiled Arts, Chulalongkorn University.

1988 Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Art, Silpakorn University.

1989-91 Faculty of Decorative Arts, Silpakorn University.

1991 Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication, Thammasat University .


Awards and Activities

1961 Bronze Medal, 12th National Art Exhibition, Bangkok.

1961 3rd Prize in Painting, The Student Christian Center Exhibiton, Bangkok.

1968-69 J.D. Rockefeller, 3rd Fund Fellowship, N.Y., U.S.A.

1968 IIE Scholarship, Showhegan, Maine, U.S.A.

1969-72 Pratt Graphics Center Scholarship, N.Y., U.S.A.

1971 Award Print, Pratt Graphics Center, N.Y., U.S.A.

1973 Award Sathira Koses – Nagapradipa Foundation, Bangkok.

-Member of the Selection Committee for the Student Christian Center Exhibition.

-Member of the committee of the Bhirasri Art Festival.

-Member of the Selection Committee for the 31st -32nd National Art Exhibition.

-Member of the Selection Committee for the 1st -3rd Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Young Artists.

-Member of the Professor Silpa Bhirasri Memorial Foundation.

1987-90 Chairman of Suchao Sisganes Fund.

1989 The British Council Visitorship – visiting Museums, Galleries, the various University Art Departments in London.

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