FOLK PAINTINGS
by
PHOR NAN TON


R.I.P.

1921-2014

A famous and revered shaman in northern Thailand, Phor Nan Ton was also a well-known artist who used his creativity in the past to decorate temples and to draw yantra shirts and cloths. His healing skills were also reknown and brought people to him even in his last years. One of his trademarks was to dress in women’s attire to fool the evil spirits and thus make his work more effective.

Annointing
Anointing with special oils

At ninety years old (2011) he was still actively creating paintings and drawings and we are pleased to be able to offer some more recent, as well as much older, works.

Altar
Altar


In the tradition of many so-called ‘folk’ artists he used what materials were at hand, be they cardboard, paper, advertising posters, wooden boards… whatever. Nor was he particular about how the finished work is treated: many pieces were put outside on his porch, or in his ‘sala’. Some lined the walls in his home, one atop another, subject to water leaks, teething kittens, insects, rodents, etc. Part of our mission has been to rescue these works, and part of it is to bring his singular vision to a wider audience. These are works of myth, religion and spirituality- Buddhist mostly, but informed by the wisdom and knowledge of a rich, long life. For us as viewers, there is much here to learn from, and much to delight the eye.

Sala Paintings

Paintings in the outdoor 'sala'

 


Front Entrance




Tribal Trappings
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RECENT WORKS
 
 
 Thai Folk Painting - FCO128    Thai Folk Painting - FCO127
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 Thai Folk Painting - FCO129    Thai Folk Painting - FCO125
     
     
     
     





  OLDER WORKS  
     
     
 Thai Folk Painting - FCO120
     
     
     
 Thai Folk Painting - FCO119b    Thai Folk Painting - FCO119a
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  Thai Folk Painting - FCO130 
     
     
     
 Thai Folk Painting - FCO131
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WORKS ON CLOTH
     
     
     
 Protective Painting - TAT168
     
     
     
  Folk Painting on Cloth - TAT174
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