Art Stream

Paint­ing Up­per Myan­mar: A fam­ily busi­ness.

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Weekend | Exhibition - LAE PHYU PYA MYO MYINT

ARTIST Khin Maung Than and his son Min Lwin show­case their lat­est can­vases for “The Stream” ex­hi­bi­tion dur­ing Oc­to­ber at Cha­trium Ho­tel Royal Lake Yan­gon’s art gallery room. The two artists show­case 41 acrylic, oil and wa­ter­colour medium paint­ings for the oc­ca­sion. Both fa­ther and son live in Man­dalay, a city from which they draw in­spi­ra­tion.

“Art Mas­ter Sa­yar Gyi U Khin Maung Than and U Min Lwins’ re­flected on Myan­mar tra­di­tions and peo­ple’s daily life through their art. We wanted to share our pas­sion for na­ture and Up­per Myan­mar and present it to a for­eign au­di­ence,” says Daw May Myat Mon Win, Gen­eral Man­ager of Cha­trium Ho­tel Royal Lake Yan­gon.

77-year-old artist U Khin Maung Than was born in 1941 in Wat­lat, Sh­webo District, Sa­gaing Di­vi­sion. He stud­ied art un­der U Ba Thet, U Aye Kyaw, and other fa­mous painters of the time and stud­ied art at the State School of Fine Art (Man­dalay). He now sits on the board of Study at Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Art And Cul­ture (Man­dalay) and chairs the Up­per Myan­mar Art As­so­ci­a­tion (Man­dalay). Most re­cently, he de­signed sev­eral film posters along with paint­ing.

For the ex­hi­bi­tion, U Khin Maung Than brought 4 of his wa­ter­colour paint­ings pic­tur­ing dif­fer­ent views of Man­dalay Palace Moat 2 and scener­ies of up­per Myan­mar. His paint­ings are char­ac­ter­ized by a style both artis­tic and de­tailed. Reach­ing such pre­ci­sion while us­ing wa­ter­colours earned him recog­ni­tion among his peers and the au­di­ence. Un­for­tu­nately, due to his age, he could not at­tend the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“My fa­ther and I live in Up­per Myan­mar. My fa­ther re­ally loves Up­per Myan­mar and its tra­di­tions. He passed on his skills and love for the coun­try to me,” ex­plains Artist U Min Lwin.

U Min Lwin was born in 1974 in Man­dalay. In­flu­enced by his fa­ther, he picked up the brush at an early age and has been paint­ing ever since. With de­grees in art from the Uni­ver­sity of Cul­ture (Yan­gon) and Tama Art Uni­ver­sity (Tokyo), he has al­ready taken part in many ex­hi­bi­tions lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. In 2012, he also pub­lished an art book, “How to draw Oil Colour”. Cur­rently he teaches paint­ing at the Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Arts and Cul­ture (Man­dalay).

For the ex­hi­bi­tion, U Min Lwin show­cased 37 oil, acrylic and wa­ter­colour. As for his fa­ther, all rep­re­sent land­scapes and daily lives in Up­per Myan­mar. Most of­ten, the artist re­lies on cold colours – in­clud­ing pale pink, pur­ple, blue green colours to con­vey his feel­ings, which are much ap­pre­ci­ated by ex­hi­bi­tion go­ers.

“I want to show Up­per Myan­mar’s beauty and warmth but I don’t want to rely on bright colours. That is why I com­bine pale and light colours with my paint­ings,” says U Min Lwin.

“The Stream” art ex­hi­bi­tion runs at Cha­trium Ho­tel Royal Lake Yan­gon in the gallery room through­out Oc­to­ber.

Pho­tos: Aung Htay Hlaing

The Stream (Fa­ther & Son ) Art Ex­hi­bi­tion at Char­tium Ho­tel on Oc­to­ber 2, 2018.

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