Thursday, August 17, 2017

M P P Yei Myint’s “Mingalarbar 72 Exhibition”

In recognition of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 72nd birthday, local artist M P P Yei Myint has crafted 54 portrait paintings of the State Counsellor.

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The portraits are viewable at the artist’s 15th solo show dubbed “Mingalarbar 72”, which is being held on June 17-21 at Cloud 31 gallery. During the opening ceremony, he treated audiences with 72 Pae Pyote Nan Pyar (Indian flat bread and boiled garden pea).

“Mingalarbar 72 exhibition [was] aimed for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 72nd birthday. I hope the leader of our country with my artworks to [will be] preserved from danger, to be healthy and will stay for a long time and to work for [the] country,” the artist wished, commemorating the State Counsellor’s birthday.

The artist’s portraits showcase Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s various expressions mixed with her dedicated political life through interdisciplinary brush techniques and strong, resolute colours. Although, some portraits were created by incorporating mixed media. Anticipating the State Counsellor’s birthday, M P P Yei Myint prepared nearly 4 months for this exhibition.

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“First I created 31 paintings but I can’t stop my creations. So I created 54 paintings. But two paintings are from 2012,” said M P P Yei Myint.

M P P Yei Myint is a famous Myanmar artist, who had studied at fine arts school in Mandalay in 1970 and then continued to hone his craft on his own. He has created, non-stop, many modern paintings since 1972. Arguably, his famous creation series are the “Van Gogh Visit to Bagan” and “Cancer” series.

The artist’s inspiration for creating his State Counsellor-themed paintings came when he realised “I don’t like the people’s attack on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. I don’t want to fight her and my desire is to work for the country by collaboration of Daw Su and politicians and businessmen. I would like to talk the attacker [about] it,” said the artist.

Among the audience, Ko Htet Naing gave his impression of the pieces to artist Kyee Myint Saw. “I liked the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi portrait painting series but I like his “Cancer” series more.”