Working class celebrated in art exhibit
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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