“I intended to do just 16 pieces in this Ganesha collection,” says Veerachan, “but I decided to do the final 17th piece of me and my journey.”
Veerachan started the ‘project’, as he refers to it, in 2004 after returning from a trip to India, where he had gone to learn more about the Hindu god.
To gaze upon one of the 17 amazing Veerachan pieces is all-consuming, yielding different emotions and details on every viewing.
Nudity, phalluses, skulls, sex, humans with animal heads – it’s concurrently a fantasy and insight into Veerachan’s fascinating mind.
“Ganesh was the first fantasy piece I ever saw. I see Ganesha as a fantasy figure first, as well as a religious icon,” says the artist.
Fantasy is key in his own works, although a large part of Veerachan’s time is spent making other people’s dreams and fantasies come true.
“Everybody has a dream. Fantasy is just an expression of that dream. My work is the combination of their dream and also my dream. It’s sometimes a collaborative effort, but sometimes just my dream.”
In demand, Veerachan has many commissions on the go, and is currently working on two pieces: one for a Russian couple, and another for an Australian.
With global interest in his work, Veerachan’s complete 17-piece Ganesha collection will stay at his studio for just a few more months, before being scattered to collections around the world.
This Saturday, from 5pm to 9pm, Veerachan will have a grand opening for his collection, which may be the first and last opportunity you have to bear witness to his incredible talent, and dreams.
The Veerachan Usahanun Studio & Gallery is located on Bangtao Beach Road (near the Kris Resort). For more information, visit fantasyganesha.com or call 081-348-0086 for more information.