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Duet art exhibit offers figure and form

Duet art exhibit offers figure and form
May 30
17:16 2016

If you want to catch a collaborative art exhibition before it closes up, get yourself to Cloud 31 gallery today or tomorrow.

There you’ll find the duet show Titled & Untitled by Min Thu Rein and Yee Nan Thike, two local artists.

Though both artists’ individual work will be primarily featured, their only collaborative piece will be available as a fundraising item for Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya population. The piece – a printed t-shirt depicting both of their art – will be selling for K5000.

The exhibit is the first collaboration between the two friends. Min Thu Rein, 34, painted a portrait of his idol U Ye Lwin, the composer of Mizzima Hlaing – or Middle Wave – and a singer in the group Panyelann, or Path of Flowers.

The singer has made his name singing peace songs, and Min Thu Rein said he wanted to highlight that theme in his own work.

The resulting portrait series includes a dozen watercolour and acrylic pieces, painted over a five-year period that saw Min Thu Rein exhibit solo shows such as The Outsider & Crow series, as well as Passenger in the bus.

He also featured in some group shows, all the while painting portraits of U Ye Lwin.

“It’s rare that I draw a portrait series of a person,” he said. “But the appearance and the song of freedom are attached to my heart.”

He added that U Ye Lwin’s coming birthday only amped up his desire to paint his image. The portraits are now available, ranging from K100,000 to K500,000.

“I couldn’t stop drawing his personality,” he said.

Meanwhile his friend and fellow featured artist Yee Nan Thike will show a more abstract exhibition that depicts his eight-year journey away from the staid traditions of figurative or objective painters.

“Sometimes I feel like escaping from the routine of painting figures and objects,” said the 32-year-old painter and occasional filmmaker.

He recently won the award for best documentary at the 2013 Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival with his film, Survival in Prison.

He is also famous for his first solo exhibition, Waiting (for) The Bus Ride, which highlighted the lives and setting of passengers aboard Yangon’s chaotic bus lines.

He said the abstract art was born out of a desire to squeeze all the inspiration he could from leftover palettes.

“After I painted figurative paintings, I started using leftover paint,” he said.

“Obviously the freedom and joy is something I cannot get from figurative paintings. I’ve never known that painting could look like this. It excites me.”

That excitement has driven his abstract outburst over the last two years. More than 20 colourful pieces will be available, ranging from K50,000 to K150,000.

The exhibit runs until 5pm tomorrow and is located at No.49/51 (first floor), 31st street, lower block, between Merchant Street and Mahabandoola Street.

Note: Changes have been made, MYANMAR TIMES is not responsible for these.




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