Work­ing class cel­e­brated in art ex­hibit

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - KHIN WYNE PHYU PHYU khin­wyne­phyu­phyu@mm­times.com

STU­DENTS at the Na­tional Univer­sity of Arts and Cul­ture are pre­sent­ing their first art ex­hi­bi­tion. Start of Faith runs from July 9 to to­day at Gallery 65, Yaw Min Gyi Street in Dagon town­ship, Yan­gon. The 60 works in water­colour, oil, acrylic and ink draw upon Myan­mar cul­ture and the so­cial life of the work­ing class.

“This is our first ex­hi­bi­tion, so we named it Start of Faith. This is where we start to do what we be­lieve in,” said Ko Aung Thu Phyo, who is study­ing for an hon­ours course in paint­ing.

“Prices range from US$20 to $250. I’ve pre­sented eight of my own works, in­clud­ing two of my favourites – a por­trait of my friend who passed away while we were or­gan­is­ing this ex­hi­bi­tion and an­other por­trait of a child who was a vic­tim of a bomb blast in Syria,” he said.

An­other of the 14 par­tic­i­pat­ing artists, Ko Khant Thu Hlaing, said all four of his works were in­spired by the so­cial life of the work­ing class. One was sold on the first day of the ex­hi­bi­tion. The water­colour of an old woman sell­ing dried fish at a mar­ket while smok­ing a che­root drew many vis­i­tors.

“The life of an artist is peace­ful. I don’t pay at­ten­tion to what’s hap­pen­ing around me when I’m work­ing on a paint­ing. In Myan­mar, paint­ings are just cher­ished by a hand­ful of peo­ple who can feel art. If there was sup­port for the arts in ev­ery as­pect, be­gin­ners like us would be en­cour­aged,” said Ko Khant Thu Hlaing. – Trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

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