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.
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.
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.
Juli Baker and Summer are the names from my two favourite movies characters in Flipped and 500 Days of Summer.
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!
The Good Place.
I get to do what I love to do everyday.
Mia from LaLaLand and I’d like to dance with Ryan Gosling.
“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.
All people who think they can’t paint.
David Hockney, Henri Matisse, and Ken Done.
Probably a singer.
@dachshundparty (an account that collects dachshund dog photos).
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach.
A Rollercoaster Life of Juli B.
I don’t know, I don’t think I have one…
A Hawaiian-printed dress or shirt.
A pair of headphones, my phone, and a book.
My favourite spot would be the Srinakarin train market which is in my neighborhood.
I love the diversity and the friendliness of Bangkok.
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.
Just be honest with yourself and be crazy sometimes.