PanSuriya Art Post


Myanmar Muse: 100 years of Women in Paint

Human beings have looked much the same to the naked eye for a hundred thousand years, underneath the grooming and fashions. But over the course of a few decades, their representations have changed strikingly even in realistic portrayals. Muse on the meaning of evolution of Myanmar images of women in the last hundred years at this exhibition, which features portraits, illustrations, book covers, advertisements, everything we could find with interesting images of women painted by artists in Myanmar. Exhibition from 31 July – 6 August 2012; Pansodan Art Gallery is open daily from 10 – 6.

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Kin Maung Yinistics

We cannot get enough of Kin Maung Yin, his infectiously friendly personality, and his insistently fresh paintings. So let’s have another show. Starting 27 January 2012, at Pansodan Gallery on Pansodan Street of course.



Senses of Layers : Myint San Myint

“I grew up with silkscreening, it is the family business. It was silkscreens that first excited my appreciation. Most of my most of my works have come to include some silkscreening. To build the silkscreen into a work of art, I create layers upon layers, using strokes and flicks of the brush as well. Images emerge from between these layers, and I focus on the meanings of the images, the variations, the depths, the hints, the shadows. That is the art of it.”

Myint San Myint’s techniques do not reproduce well in a photograph. You need to see the layers on canvas, so come to his new exhibition, starting 3 January 2012 to explore them at Pansodan Art Gallery.

ကျွန်တော်သည် မိရိုးဖလာအရ ပိုးပန်းချီပညာနှင့် အကျွမ်း​ဝင်ခဲ့​ပါသည်။ ပိုးပန်းချီ​ဖန်တီးမှုက​​ကျွန်တော်၏​အာရုံ​ခံစားမှုများ​အတွက် အင်အား​ဖြစ်​စေခဲ့သည်။ ပိုးပန်းချီနှင့် အကျုံး​ဝင်သော​ဖွဲ့စည်းမှု အနုပညာကိုသာ အများဆုံး​လုပ်ဖြစ်​လာခဲ့သည်။ အနုပညာလက်ရာ​တစ်ခုဖြစ်​လာ​အောင် ဖန်တီး​ရသော​အလွှာလွှာ အထပ်ထပ်၊ ဆေးစက်၊ ရေးချက်။ ထိုအလွှာ​များ​ကြားက ပေါ်လာ​သော​အရုပ်များ၊ ထိုအရုပ်များကြားမှ အနက်​အရှိုင်း၊ မတူခြားနားသော ပုံရိပ်တို့၊ ရေးချက်တို့ဖြင့် ဖွဲ့စည်း​သွားသော အဓိပ္ပါယ်တို့သည် ကျွန်တော်​ဝင်စား​ကျက်စားရာ အနုပညာ​​ဖြစ်လာ​ကြသည်။

ထိုသို့ ဖန်တီးရင်း ဆရာ​ဗဂျီ​အောင်စိုး၏ လက်ရာများကို အမြတ်​တနိုးဖြင့် ပြန်လည်​တင်ပြ​ခြင်း​အနုပညာတစ်ခု​အဖြစ်​​​ဖန်တီး​ဖြစ်​သည်မှာ ကျွန်တော့်အတွက် စိန်ခေါ်မှု​ကြီးမား​လှသော မှတ်တိုင်​တစ်ခုဖြစ်ပါသည်။

Myint San Myint’s paintings are also available from Caphe House in London, from Heriot-Grant Gallery, shipping worldwide.



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In touch with reality,  not realism

Saya Myint San Myint last exhibited in Pansodan in January 2012; before that he was part of the portrait show in January 2011. Typically large, with strong colours and many layers, his portraits are a combination of faithfully rendered faces and words which may reflect on or illustrate the subject.

Myint San Myint came to his original painting style slowly. In fact, he first studied physics, and worked as a teacher for eleven years, drawing and painting as a hobby. Eventually he decided to learn more systematically, and now he calls U Thein Han his most important teacher.

When he began to sell his paintings, he painted in a realistic style, as he had been taught, and looked to the market for his subjects of ‘grandfathers and grandmothers’, the typical fare of wrinkly faces served up in the cheap paintings stalls. The pay was not particularly good, and he grew bored of this, and as his family had a silkscreen business, he began experimenting with silkscreen as a medium. Gradually he moved to different media and styles, but he still enjoys working with silkscreen. ‘The silkscreen paintings come into being quickly, in just a few days. The acrylics take a lot more thought and care.’

In 2010 he began a series of paintings of movie stars, combining their portraits with movie poster text.  Less famous subjects include thanakha-wearing women, and a mute neighbour, who is paired with a stringless guitar.

The overall impression continually shifts the observer’s attention around the painting, from nearly obscured deeper layers to pictures seeming to lay on top of them, and around the angles.

‘It is hard to explain the value of art to those who do not already understand it,’ he says, and points out that young people could benefit from more exposure to art. ‘It improves the mind and concentration.’

He would like people to look at more paintings, and suggests that a way to a greater general interest in art is by working more closely with mass media. Now it is common to spend time watching Korean drama serials, he points out, and so people have become interested in various aspects of them. If documentaries about art and artists were shown on tv, the audience would become more and more interested in art, too.

For his part, he is commenting on the mass media, with his shades of advertisements, headlines, and posters. The touch of these immediate familiar elements, which were created for a temporary use brings a certain unsentimental reality to his works. However, one can already imagine how they will look different in the future, as does a ticket found decades later in grandfather’s old coat pocket.

 

 

Based on an interview with Nance Cunningham on 1 Jan 11. For more art conversations, click on the ‘art conversation’ tag at the top of this post.



the last artscape of than myint aung

Once there as a man with a heart forged by a love of nature, beauty, and art.

In his life journey he poured his awe forth in paintings and poems.

This is his last artscape.

တစ်ခါတုန်းက သူ့နှလုံးသားကို သဘာဝတရား၊ အလှတရားနဲ့ အနုပညာတို့ကို ချစ်မြတ်နိုးခြင်းနဲ့ သွန်းလောင်းသွားတဲ့ လူတစ်ယောက် ရှိခဲ့ပါတယ်။
သူ့ရဲ့ ဘဝခရီးလမ်းတစ်လျှောက်မှာလည်း ပန်းချီကားတွေ၊ ကဗျာတွေကို အံ့ဘွယ် ပြန်လည်သွန်းလောင်းသွားခဲ့တယ်။
ဒါဟာ သူသွန်းလောင်းသွားခဲ့တဲ့ အနုပညာများရဲ့ နောက်ဆုံးပြပွဲပါပဲ။

Ko Than Myint Aung was our friend, and we were shocked at his early death in May this year. We have gathered as many of his paintings as we can to have a retrospective of his work, which is inspired by his awe for the beauty of nature, and shows his genial character. We open the exhibition with respect and sorrow from 14 to 19 July 2010.

To see many more of his works, and more information about him, see his page at the Heriot-Grant Gallery. For availability and pricing of the paintings you see here or to see more, email suriyagallery at gmail dot com




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