PanSuriya Art Post


The Inside/Outside exihibition was at the SateFL!GHT Gallery, 2332 S. Presa, in San Antonio, Texas in November 2011. It has now concluded, but some items are still available online.

In early 2011, Callie Enlow spent months teaching in Yangon, and — who wouldn’t? — succumbed to the fascination of the possibilities of the country. Many people feel for the people, but only a few choose to do something about it. Callie is one of those people. She took a route through art. She has carefully chosen paintings from eight artists and arranged an exhibition in San Antonio.

None of this art will make anyone think “That’s realistic, isn’t it!” But then, Burma does not make you think that either.

The art is wonderful, Callie is knowledgeable, and we hope that people will gather their friends, go there, admire the art, be drawn in more deeply, and deepen their understanding of our world, whether through talking to Callie, enjoying the art, or both.

A map showing the gallery is here.

More information about it can be found at this link, and thanks to SMART too!

dawei lay at it again
5 July 2011, 09:39
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When I was young, I lived by a small creek in Dawei. I used to watch small boats paddling across the water. Since those early days, my love for them has grown. Now a days I see boats in the Pegu River near Yuzana City Garden. This is what inspires me to paint.

To ease my mind from the stresses of everyday life, I paint small boats in large spaces. Paddling around the world in such boats, one day my destination will be reached.

ကျွန်တော်ငယ်ငယ်က ထားဝယ်မှာရှိတဲ့​ချောင်းလေးဘေးမှာ နေခဲ့ပါတယ်။ ချောင်းထဲမှာ လှော်ခတ်နေတဲ့​လှေကလေးတွေကို နေ့စဉ်​မြင်တွေ့​နေရပါတယ်။ အဲဒီမှာ​ကတည်းက မသိစိတ်ထဲမှာ​စွဲလန်း​နေခဲ့တာပါ။ ခုနေတဲ့ ဟုဇန​ဥယျဉ်​မြို့တော်​နားမှာ​ရှိတဲ့​ပဲခူး​မြစ်ထဲက လှေတွေကို​​​​မြင်​နေရ​ပြန်တာကလည်း ပန်းချီ​ရေးဆွဲ​ဖြစ်လာဖို့ တွန်းအား​တစ်ခု​ပါပဲ။ နောက်တစ်ခုက နေရာတကာ​တိုင်းမှာ မွန်းကြပ်နေတယ်လို့ ခံစား​မိတာ​ကြောင့် စိတ်ထွက်ပေါက်​အနေနဲ့ space အကျယ်ကြီးထဲမှာ ဆွဲထားတာပါ။ ဒီလှေကလေးကို လှော်ခတ်သွား​နေရင်း တစ်နေ့မှာတော့ ပန်းတိုင်​ရောက်ရမှာ​ဆိုပြီးတော့ပါ။

14 July to 20 July 2011 at Pansodan Gallery, Yangon.

Tel : 09 5130846

OM : bagyi aung soe & others

“Do not think the small number zero unworthy, insignificant, and unimportant.”
Bagyi Aung Soe (1924-90)

Bagyi Aung Soe was a pioneer of modern art in Burma. He drew and painted in a wide variety of styles and media. His illustrations for books and magazines were familiar to a large public.

After coming back from a year at Rabindranath Tagore’s Śāntiniketan, he is credited with the first abstract painting in Burma, an illustration published in Shumawa magazine in early 1953. It was highly controversial at the time, with some people saying that Bagyi Aung Soe was mad. But he had a supreme confidence in what he was doing, and continued to explore wherever his freedom took him.

His work, which often incorporates text into drawings, continued to impress with its intelligence and originality.

You can find more of his work and thought at this excellent website:

And you can find an article on him, with 20 good-quality reproductions of his work here:

Here is his book စာမဲ့ကဗျာ (Poetry without words), an e-book which unfortunately has low-resolution images.

Best of all you will see his work in person if you can make your way to Pansodan Gallery between 7 – 13 December. Bagyi Aung Soe’s work will be accompanied by the work of 16 other modern artists:
Aung Myint, Ba Htay Kyi, Dawei Lay, Eikaza Cho, Kin Maung Yin, Ko Ko Naing, Lynn Wunna, Maung Di, Minn Zaw, Moat Thone, Myint Soe, Nay Myo Say, Nyein Chang Su, Rahula, Soe Naing, Zaw Mong