Pimpisa Tinpalit: Creating a whimsically surreal world

A childlike sense of wonder animates Pimpisa Tinpalit’s sculptures. “I sculpt every day, keeping my mind open to other possibilities and ideas” she says, “and am always excited to find new methods.” That constant search for new ideas is ex- emplified in the unexpected combinations that form the basis of her pieces, from the mix of colours and textures to the role that written language and found objects play.

But the most unusual combinations found in Tinpalit’s work are within their subjects. Using both bronze and fibreglass, she creates a surreal universe in which otherworldly beings merge the characteristics of humans.

The artist tempers that aura of the unexpected with a balanced, composed feeling. “Colour brings harmony to the forms I sculpt,” notes Tinpalit, and she uses her eye for colour to give her works a dynamic flow that keeps the viewer’s eye in motion while bringing all of their various elements together. The sculptor also uses her skill at rendering a wide variety of textures to give each piece a vivid physicality, bringing her fantastic characters to full-blooded life. Inspired by her desire to tell “the story of imagination,” Tinpalit successfully tells that tale, and invites the viewer to bring their imagination into it as well.

Background

A native of Thailand, sculptor Pimpisa Tinpalit moved to Melbourne, Australia in 2009 and established her first studio not long after. She holds a Master's Degree in Fine Art with an particular focus on sculpture. Pimpisa also has extensive expe- rience in teaching art within multiple Thai Universities. Throughout her 15+ years as a professional artist, she has show- cased her work in several solo and group exhibitions in Thailand, Japan, Singapore, USA and Hong Kong. 

 

Awards and Honours

2018: Finalist Biennale of Australain Art 2018(Forthcoming)

2017: Finalist Sculpture by the sea, Cottesloe, Perth, Australia

2016,2013: Finalist, Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Lorne, VIC, Australia

2014: The 29th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition(Artist Portfolio), Agora gallery, New York,USA 

2014: 1st prize non- Traditional materials category, Jindivick sculpture show ,Gipsland,Australia 

2014,2012: Finalist, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Indoor Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, VIC, Australia 

2012: 1st prize non- Traditional materials category, Jindivick sculpture show 2012, Gipsland, Australia 

2012: The People Choice Award Tesselaar Sculpture Prize, VIC, Australia

2012: Finalist, Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards,Yarra,Yarra Glen, VIC, Australia 

2004: Special Prize the 16th Toshiba "Bring good thing to life" Art competition, Bangkok, Thailand 

2003: Special Prize "Silpakorn Pradit" The 20th exhibition of contemporary Art by young artist, Thailand

Solo Exhibition

2017:  “Black to Gold “ at Westend Gallery, Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne, VIC, Australia (Forthcoming)

2017: “Peel” at &Gallery, host by d&j project, Spenser St, VIC, Australia 

2015: “Freedom & Captivity” La lanta Fine Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand 

2015: “Captured Freedom” Hogan Gallery, Colingwood, VIC, Australia (Collaborative show) 

2013: "A dialogue of Strangers” Red Gallery Contemporary Art Space, North Fitzroy, Melbourne Australia 

2012: "The couple” at Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne Australia 

2012: "The couple” Trocadero Art Space, Footscray, Melbourne Australia

Group Exhibition

2017: Mapping Melbourne,at Testing Grounds, Melbourne Map by Multicultural Art Victoria, Australia (Forthcoming)

2017: Group show “Launch gallery opening” at Westend Gallery, Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne, VIC, Australia

2017: Group show "Let's Cross the Sea", BlackCat Gallery, Collingwood, VIC, Australia

2016: Group show “ Summer Salon”, Alternating Art Space, Windsor, VIC, Australia

2016: Gallery Launch exhibition atEdmund+Co , VIC, Australia 

2016: Group show “From a Home to a Home” A story of migration, BSG Gallery, VIC, Australia

2016: The & art fair, presented by djprojects, locate Within West Side, CBD, VIC, Australia 

2016: “The Expatriates” Group show at &gallery present by djproject locate Within West Side, CBD, VIC, Australia 

2016: The Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Lorne, VIC, Australia 

2016: "Let's cross the sea" (curated) at BlackCat Gallery, Hawthorn East, VIC, Australia 

2015: "The Maquettes" at &gallery present by djproject, locate Within West Side, CBD, VIC, Australia 

2015: Mapping Melbourne “Connect Within” at Sofitel Foyer Gallery, Melbourne Map by Multicultural Art Victoria, Australia 

2015: Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition, VIC, Australia 

2015: Group sculpture show "Nature Morte" at Hogan Gallery, Collingwood, VIC, Australia 

2014: Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Indoor Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition.VIC, Australia 

2014: Association of Sculptors of Victoria Annual Award&Exhibition 2014, VIC, Australia 

2014: ARTnMUSIC'14 Charity Exhibition - The Kids' Cancer Project, VIC, Australia 

2014: Jindivick Sculpture Show, Gippsland, VIC, Australia 

2014: Association of Sculptors of Victoria Annual Award&Exhibition 2014, VIC, Australia 

2014: Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition, VIC, Australia 

2014: The Fourth Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Lorne, VIC, Australia 

2014: Sculpture exhibition at Melbourne International Garden Show, VIC, Australia 

2013: Group exhibition at Carbon Black Gallery, Pahran, VIC, Australia 

2013: "Reflection" Exhibition of Thai Contemporary Art at Tusk Gallery, South Yarra,VIC, Australia 

2013: Group show "Beyond the Looking Glass" at Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles,CA, USA 

2013: "The Art and Science of Wellbeing" Festival of ideas, the University of Melbourne, VIC, Australia 

2013: Jindivick Sculpture Show, Gippsland, VIC, Australia 

2013: "For the Love of Stuff" Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy,VIC, Australia 

2012: Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Indoor Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition.VIC, Australia 

2012: Yering station sculpture exhibition & Award, Yering Art Station Gallery, Yarra Glen, VIC, Australia 

2012: Tesselaar Sculpture Prize 2012 “Sculpture among the Tulips” VIC, Australia 

2012: Jindivick Sculpture Show, Gippsland, VIC, Australia 

2009: Art exhibition "Aesthetics of the body", Silom galleria, Bangkok, Thailand 

2008: The 4th Art Exhibition by the member of Department of Applied Art Studies at The Gallery of Art and design, BKK

2008: The 11th Exhibition of Art and Design by the Faculty of Decorative Art's member, Silpakorn University, BKK 

2008: The 9th Oita Asian Sculpture Exhibition 2008, Oita, Japan 

2008: The 8th Landscape&Seascape Painting Exhibition, Silpakorn University, BKK, Thailand 

2007: Sculpture group exhibition 30th anniversary of "Dichan" Magazine,Thailand 

2007: Art exhibition "Artist Self Portrait", Silom galleria, Bangkok,Thailand 

2007: Art exhibition by the lecturer of decorate department applied sculpture project, BKK, Thailand 

2007: The 7th Land & Seascape Painting Exhibition, Silpakorn University,Thailand 

2005: 17th Toshiba "Bring good thing to life" Art competition, Bangkok,Thailand 

2004: The 16th Toshiba "Bring good thing to life" Art competition, BKK 

2003: The 20th exhibition of contemporary Art by young Artists,Thailand 

2003: Mini Sculpture Exposition 20th anniversary of the Thai Sculptor Artists, Thailand 

2002: The19th exhibition of contemporary art by young artists,Thailand

Selected Artist Residency & Art Grant

2017 : The 12th International Art Workshop at Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT), Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

2013-2017: The 9-12th International Art Workshop at Rajamangala University of Technology Rattanakoin,Poh Chang Campus, BKK, Thailand 

2013: The 1rd International Art Workshop at Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand 

2013: Art Project "Light Space Projects” Culture and the Arts, ATI Funded Grant Projects at Phayao, Thailand

Art Fair / Design Fair

2017: Decor+Design Melbourne, Australia ( Forthcoming) 

2016: Decor+Design Melbourne, Australia 

2015: Affordable Art Fair, Wan Chai, Hong Kong represent by La lanta Fine Art

2015: Affordable Art Fair, Singapore, Represent by La lanta Fine Art