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Cult Thai artist Pakpoom Silaphan shows work in Islington

PUBLISHED: 15:03 27 January 2012

Pakpoom Silaphan PIC Dieter Perry

Pakpoom Silaphan PIC Dieter Perry

Dieter Perry

The work of more than 1,000 artists and 120 galleries came to Islington this weekend at one the biggest contemporary British art fairs in the country.

The 24th annual London Art Fair took place from January 18 to 22 at the Business Design Centre, in Parkfield Street, and drew in 25,000 visitors.

The cream of British based talent were represented, ­including Damien Hirst, Patrick Heron and Marcus Harvey and the work on sale ranged from £50 to £1million.

The work of cult Thai artist Pakpoom Silaphan was also on display.

The mixed media artist, who has lived in London for 14 years, combines product signs from his native Thailand juxtaposed with political figures.

His latest exhibition, which has just finished at the Scream Gallery in Mayfair, featured images of some of his favourite artists, as well as one of his first attempts at sculpture − The Identified Flying Object.

Five of his pieces were on display at the Business ­Design Centre

The 39-year-old said: “It went well, there was a lot of interest.

“It’s a great art fair with a lot of variety and it gave me a chance to show some of my new work. It’s the first time I have shown some of them.

“It was good to be in Islington, it’s an interesting place that I have seen progress over time, it’s becoming something new.

“There is such a mix of people there and it has a unique position between east and west London.”


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