Bangkok’s cultural scene never fails to impress us with its new talents and thought-provoking arts. The city has become a hot haven for dynamic up-and-coming artists, welcoming innovative ideas and talents with open arms. Dedicated to all these creatives in town, this series explores the journey and the edgy personalities of some of the most notable rising stars in the country. 

Whilst maintaining our social distancing, we got candid with the vibrant, quirky, and stylishly cool artist “Phaan” Chanaradee Chatrakul Na Ayudhya. Yet of course, we all know her by her flowery artist name Juli Baker and Summer. This name not only reveals that she is quite a cinema-geek but also explains so much about the character and soul of her art.

Juli Baker and Summer, Phaan, Chanaradee Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, No Filter Lifestyle Asia, artist, illustrator, painting,

Phaan is a young inspiring artist who is making and breaking her way through the industry with her unique vibrancy. Her child-like sense of wonder and her spirited vibe is magnificently reflected in her work. Recently, we saw her strikingly beautiful wall painting at the entrance of the new Collective Store at Central World, along with some fanciful goodies with her label.

Whilst Phaan graduated from Chulalongkorn University with a degree in fashion, she realised her focus was shifting towards art. She then decided that since she felt fashion and illustration were closely linked, she didn’t have to abandon fashion completely. Phaan got her first break when she was commissioned to design the cover art for the local indie band Stay at Home and afterward her fan base has only been skyrocketing.

These days, the artist has taken an initiative to fundraise for medical equipment for COVID-19 relief. Phaan has shared paintings on her Instagram page from Thai artists and photographers that are up for sale. The funds received from the sale will be donated to the patients.

If you’ve been feeling the quarantine blues lately, this little #NoFilter conversation with Phaan might just make you feel the positive summery-vibes all over again. Sprinkle your day with some colour.

Juli Baker and Summer, Phaan, Chanaradee Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, No Filter Lifestyle Asia, artist, illustrator, painting,

Describe yourself in three words.

Happy-go-lucky.

What do you like about painting? And how did you get into it?

I started painting since I can remember and it’s what I enjoy doing the most. I like how I can collect my memories in each painting.

What’s the story behind your name ‘Juli Baker and Summer’?

Juli Baker and Summer are the names from my two favourite movies characters in Flipped and 500 Days of Summer.

So, how are you spending your time during the lockdown?

I actually find myself more productive during this time. I’ve started to study French and Japanese language, learned how to cook, played the piano, and, of course, I get to paint a whole lot!

Name the last TV show you binge-watched.

The Good Place.

What is your favourite part about being an artist?

I get to do what I love to do everyday.

Juli Baker and Summer, Phaan, Chanaradee Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, No Filter Lifestyle Asia, artist, illustrator, painting,

What is a character you would like to play from a TV show or movie?

Mia from LaLaLand and I’d like to dance with Ryan Gosling.

If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?

“You Go To My Head” by Bill Evans.

This is not my favourite song, but I think I don’t mind listening to this every day.

 

Who do you think is the most underrated artist?

All people who think they can’t paint.

Who is your favourite artist?

David Hockney, Henri Matisse, and Ken Done.

If you were not an artist, what would you be?

Probably a singer.

What is an Instagram account you’re obsessed with?

@dachshundparty (an account that collects dachshund dog photos).

 

What are you currently reading?

Jonathan Livingston Seagull  by Richard Bach.

Juli Baker and Summer, Phaan, Chanaradee Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, No Filter Lifestyle Asia, artist, illustrator, painting,

If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title be?

A Rollercoaster Life of Juli B.

What is your catch phrase?

I don’t know, I don’t think I have one…

What’s a wardrobe staple everyone should own?

A Hawaiian-printed dress or shirt.

Name 3 essential items you like to always carry in your bag.

A pair of headphones, my phone, and a book.

Juli Baker and Summer, Phaan, Chanaradee Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, No Filter Lifestyle Asia, artist, illustrator, painting,

Your favourite spot in Bangkok? And the best thing about this city?

My favourite spot would be the Srinakarin train market which is in my neighborhood.

I love the diversity and the friendliness of Bangkok.

Do you have any favourite from your own work?

There’s one mural I did two years ago with my art student in Narita School’s hallway in Japan. It was so fun and I felt like I got to paint like a kid again.

Would you like to add anything else? A message for young inspiring artists who want to pursue this as a career?

Just be honest with yourself and be crazy sometimes.

Alisha Pawa
Writer
Alisha is a passionate dancer and is always creating her own choreographies. She is a fan of rom-com novels, a coffee-drinker who loves tea, and is always on-the-go for her midnight chocolate cravings. She hopes to tick-off her never-ending bucket list one day by hosting her own travel show.