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
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
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
“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.