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MYSTERIOUS NARRATIVES OF THE ORIENT
A magnificent collection of more than 48 paintings by artists from Myanmar and Thailand were recently showcased at the 360 Mall’s exhibition hall. The display included some stunning three-dimensional images with truly inspiring visual serenity.

By Deepa Pant, January (2011) edition of bazaar
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Mystery of the Orient
Mystery of the Orient
 

The exhibition entitled “Mystery of the Orient” brought together some of the most impressive pieces in terms of visual language and details. The subjects ranged from Buddhist monks, still life, landscapes and scenes of tribal life by artists from Myanmar and Thailand.

While many of the painters used the vocabulary of realism in oils and acrylics on canvas, Nyein Chan Su and Tin Maung Oo, infused their work with fluid abstraction and cubism respectively.

Paintings such as ‘Novices going out for alms’ and ‘Praying three novices” by Tun Wai stand majestically and are something to behold. What distinguishes his work is its subtle use of color and mood. The artist Zaw Zaw Aung vividly captures the monks as if in a visual articulation.

Artist Dawei Tue Tue’s work stands out for its powerful palette knife painting that is exuberant and adds to the movement of his imagery.

In his composition ‘Landscape II’ , artist Nyein Chan Su deftly merges the greens and ochre, which contrast vividly with the surrounding red hues, lending the picture an air of intrigue.

 Tin Maung Oo is a prolific painter whose signature is simple brush-strokes. With leanings towards cubism, Tin Maung Oo depicts very stylized work in ‘My Village’ series.

The joie de vivre is naturally reflected in the paintings titled ‘Sister and Brother’ by Kyaw Kyaw. He crisply plays off with colors and beautiful tones in his simple yet appealing works.

Subtly sensuous and notable for their luminosity was the artwork of Min Ma Haw. One of the most enticing pieces, however was ‘Myanmar Lady with Harp.’ Evoking a playful mood, the details of the clothing and skin tonal variations made his work breathtakingly realisitc.

Rendered in minimalist style and accentuated with gold, Artist Min Zaw, ‘Myanmar Ladies’ series was equally intriguing.

Visitors to the exhibition were overheard admiring the color and energy they saw in the work of Khine Min Soe. Bursting with flavors, his ‘Mango’ series was arresting with the depiction of dew drops glistening on the leaves and the pervading sense of the beauty of an enchanted oriental garden.

Surinder Sarna an avid art connoisseur and Board member and Group Chief Financial Officer from MH Al Shaya was full of praise for the exhibition.

“The paintings are overwhelmingly beautiful and stunning in techniques and visual beauty. The brush strokes are simply phenomenal,” noted Sarna while picking up a couple of pieces for his private collection.

“The exhibition features significant works from Myanmar and Thai artists and focuses on the range and comprehensives of their pictorial vocabulary,” said curator Lucia Topalian from Dar Al Funoon Gallery. “We are devoted to bringing audiences engaging and eclectic exhibitions ,” added the art expert.

“The aim of the exhibition, is to introduce the work of contemporary Myanmar artists,” said Khin Maung Lynn, Charge d’ affaires from the Embassy of the Union of Myanmar.

“This is the first major presentation in Kuwait and we’re very excited about that. It’s an extraordinary opportunity to advertise about our country and we hope to continue with showcasing our art and culture,” concluded the diplomat.

 

 
 
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