A Warped Perspective
Warp Studio 54
It comes as no surprise that Bangkok’s once underground art scene is blossoming into view with the advent of aesthetic-conscious and affluent urbanites wanting to fill their homes with contemporary works. But one man has always been ahead of that curve - over fifteen years ago Belgian artist Christian Develter fell in love with the vibrancy of Asia and settled in Bangkok; today he is an internationally-renowned artist whose colourful canvases hang on walls from London to New York, and of course at home in his Bangkok studio Warp 54 (a doffed cap to Star Trek and the iconic Studio 54).
Recently relocated to a new space, this slick renovated warehouse serves as a more intimate setting for Develter’s enormous, saturated oil paintings, but still plays host to occasional special events, like dance performances, workshops and pop-up dinners.
The studio is also home to his most recent collection ‘Chin, Urban & Tribal’ inspired by the Burmese Chin tribe’s facial tattoos, featuring his trademark vivid colours and clean geometric lines executed using techniques favoured by the Flemish masters. This pairing of age-old artistry and a daring palette of colours has made him the darling of Asia's art scene, so much so that the poor chap can no longer leave his gate open (as he had done in the past) and now accepts visitors by appointment only!