PanSuriya Art Post


Aung Khaing’s Nats on Canvas

A new exhibition of U Aung Khaing’s work, စုတ်ချက်ရောင်စုံပေါ်က မြန်မာနတ်များ (Myanmar title: Myanmar nats on brushstrokes of colour) draws on the legends of the spirits of Ko Gyi Kyaw by Aung Khaingthe Irrawaddy plains, called nats in Burmese. U Aung Khaing’s allusive style suits the subject. The paintings of the 37 nats draw on the temple wall-painting style of centuries ago, with the dark outlines of their features sometimes nearly getting lost in the free washes of the backgrounds. 

Aung Khaing Min Maha GiriThe opening day included a hsaing waing as well as a great crowd. The show continues until 26 September 2014, at Pansodan Scene, open 10:00 – 18:00.

Read a lovely interview with him in the Irrawaddy.

Aung Khaing Maung Po Tu



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.



inside/outside

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!



brighton festival

A good article on the Burma-themed Brighton Festival was published in the Urban Times. The response to the Burmese contemporary art there was enthusiastic. One of the artists there is one of our favourites, Eikaza Cho.

“Before my brush touches the canvas, I don’t predetermine what I am going to paint.”

Ko Cho (Mr Cho), as he is known, has a particular use of colour, line and distortion which play out unpredictably in his exercise books and in paper work. Many of his works are fully abstract or feature recurrent motifs such as the owl, cat or figures from the spirit world such as the Lokanat, guardian spirit of the world.

About a dozen paintings are still in London. If you saw anything there that you are kicking yourself for not having bought, contact suriyagallery on gmail dot com.

Ben Mitchell designer, Zwe Yan Naing artist

See more of Ben Mitchell’s design and photography work on flickr and behance; see more of Zwe Yan Naing’s work here.

Ben Mitchell photographer, Eikaza Cho artist

See more about Eikaza Cho.



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