Painting Upper Myanmar: A family business.
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.
The Stream (Father & Son ) Art Exhibition at Chartium Hotel on October 2, 2018.