In­ter­na­tional wa­ter­colour ex­hi­bi­tion wraps up

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - BY LAE PHYU PYA MYO MYINT

WITH play­ful brush­strokes and a steady arm, Turk­ish-Canadian artist Ata­nur Do­gan brings a hu­man face to life, wow­ing the au­di­ence dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony of the first an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Wa­ter­colour So­ci­ety of Myan­mar at the New Trea­sure Art Gallery.

Do­gan, the founder and pres­i­dent of IWS, is ex­cited by the coun­try’s first in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion and his first trip to the coun­try, hop­ing to in­vig­o­rate Myan­mar’s wa­ter­colour scene.

“When I paint por­traits, I mainly draw the value of the model’s im­age, the strik­ing fea­tures or char­ac­ter,” Do­gan said, struck by the sim­ple and pas­toral land­scapes of Myan­mar. “There are so many ex­cel­lent artists in Myan­mar and fi­nally, the gov­ern­ment is en­cour­ag­ing them; they can now do more in their field.”

From Septem­ber 24 through to­day, wa­ter­colourists from 80 dif­fer­ent coun­tries have come to­gether to ex­hibit their work. Twenty-five of them are Myan­mar artists, in­clud­ing Min Wae Aung, Aye Min, Aung Sint, Aung Htet Lwin and Aung Phaw Oo among oth­ers who will par­tic­i­pate in four paint­ing demon­stra­tions.

Artist Min Wae Aung, known for his paint­ings of monas­tic life around the world, was one of the key or­gan­is­ers of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“I am glad that the founder of IWS him­self was able to come to the IWS Myan­mar’s first show. His pres­ence is very ex­cit­ing be­cause he is able to wit­ness and give guid­ance to a whole class of Myan­mar artists. Later, Myan­mar artists will have the chance to show their art to other IWS di­vi­sions,” he said.

With wa­ter lilies and tra­di­tional Myan­mar in­stru­ments as his muses, artist Aung Sint was very pleased with the turn out of the ex­hibit.

“All of the artists came out for this event, and we are very glad to have this op­por­tu­nity,” he said.

Though IWS Myan­mar has an ac­tive pres­ence in Myan­mar, wa­ter­colourist Myint Naing, known for his nude por­traits and soft brush­strokes said, “I think it is a tech­nique that is be­com­ing more and more of the past... It’s pos­si­ble that wa­ter­colour paint­ing as a tech­nique is dif­fi­cult, but if an artist en­joys it, it doesn’t mat­ter if it is dif­fi­cult or easy. ”

With the help of IWS Myan­mar, artists have the op­por­tu­nity to learn from and con­nect with a whole network of wa­ter­colourists from around the world.

“To­day we met with many young artists who do wa­ter­colour art.” he said. “Many young artists will ben­e­fit from the IWS Myan­mar.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion also cor­re­sponded with a field trip of sorts. From Septem­ber 25 to 27, out­door paint­ing ses­sions were held in Kalaw, Inle Lake and Taung­gyi.

Last night, the painters re­turned to Yan­gon to share their work in­spired by these trav­els with each other.

Photos: IWS Myan­mar

Min Wae Aung’s “Lone­li­ness Re­flected in Gold” fea­tures a stir­ring look in­side a monastery.

Aye Min’s “City Night” is an­other lo­cal wa­ter­colour work on dis­play.

Photo: Ata­nur Do­gan

Artists Aung Sint (left) and Ata­nur Do­gan (right) cel­e­brate their ex­hi­bi­tion at the New Trea­sure Art Gallery.

Ata­nur Do­gan of­fers a demon­stra­tion of his tech­niques to in­ter­ested on­look­ers.

One of Ata­nur Do­gan’s wa­ter­colour por­traits hangs on the wall at the New Trea­sure Art Gallery.

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