The Lady’s paint­ing gen­er­ates auc­tion buzz

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AN enigma in pas­tel shades, the pic­ture of a fish be­hind bars, at once poignant and preg­nant with mean­ing, was painted by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi while un­der house ar­rest in 2009. It is now be­ing auc­tioned to raise money for the non-profit Daw Khin Kyi Foun­da­tion.

The charity was es­tab­lished in 2010 by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in mem­ory of her mother Daw Khin Kyi, to pro­mote the health, ed­u­ca­tion and liv­ing stan­dards of the peo­ple of Myan­mar.

The on­line auc­tion opened on Novem­ber 1, when the state coun­sel­lor be­gan her visit to Ja­pan, with a min­i­mum bid of US$5000, and the bid­ding has now reached $150,000, said Mg Mg Aye, di­rec­tor and pre­sen­ter of Dream Boat En­ter­tain­ment.

“I don’t think the paint­ing should be owned by a sin­gle per­son,” he said.

The fish in the paint­ing is fenced in, and swims ap­par­ently un­der the eye of guards in a block­house. It is win­ning bid­der so far

huge; they are tiny.

One poster, Min Thit Khant, said, “I think the paint­ing’s mes­sage is that she lived in the face of suf­fo­cat­ing cir­cum­stances.”

Artist Aye Ko, 53, a lead­ing mem­ber of the Myan­mar Con­tem­po­rary Art Move­ment, said, “The pic­ture re­flects her state of mind, which sought free­dom while un­der house ar­rest. The fish is big, but the house is small. It seems to vi­o­late the laws of per­spec­tive.”

The win­ning bid­der so far, U A Yay Kyo, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Myan­mar Au­to­mo­bile Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Dis­trib­u­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (Yan­gon Re­gion), said, “I like Mother Suu a lot and re­gard her as a price­less as­set to our coun­try. I want to own her paint­ing very much and bid al­most all my prop­er­ties. I don’t know what was go­ing through her mind when she drew the paint­ing, but it con­veys the feel­ing of suf­fo­ca­tion. If I win the auc­tion, I will keep the paint­ing.” The auc­tion will be held on Novem­ber 25 at Se­dona Ho­tel, Yan­gon, (from 6:30pm to 9pm) and the win­ner will be pre­sented with the pic­ture by Thura U Tin Oo,

wa­ter­colour and pas­tel work, mea­sur­ing 24-by-16cm. Tick­ets for the event will go on sale soon.

U A Yay Kyo

Photo: Sup­plied

U A Yay Kyo has bid U$150,000 for this paint­ing of a fish be­hind bars, cre­ated by State Coun­cil­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

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