Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Myint Soe charms his audience yet again

AHLA Thit art gallery is now showcasing the works of Myint Soe whose impressionist and cubism style of paintings has long been a subject of fascination and debate among his audience in Yangon.

Picture, right, of a traditional floating house on Inle Lake is actually native to Shan State.Picture, right, of a traditional floating house on Inle Lake is actually native to Shan State.

All in all 40 paintings are on view – 30 works by Myint Soe himself – and 10 more painted by other artists that are now part of his personal collection.

Born in 1954, Myint Soe is a graduate of Yangon Arts and Science University – or more precisely its affiliate Yangon Universities Art Association where he studied from 1975-77. Painting is part of his life. He has participated in many group art exhibitions locally and in foreign countries. He is not only a painter but also an art promoter, and he has organised many art events the earliest dating back to 1980. In 1995 he founded the Summit Art Gallery.

Myint Soe has created scenic views of Inle lake and its floating houses which are now a major tourist attraction. They are traditional floating houses native to Shan State, and his repertoire extends to horse racing, beach views of Ngapali in Rakhaing State and the Mahamuni Buddha Temple in Mandalay. He has used knife instead of brush stroke in his all paintings which makes his works more attractive.

A viewer admiring some of the 40 paintings on show recently. Photos: Thiri LuA viewer admiring some of the 40 paintings on show recently. Photos: Thiri Lu

His floating houses are very colourful and provide plenty for viewers to ponder. They are done in his favourite cubism style. When I observed his floating houses they seemed almost real, and I felt I had arrived at Inle Lake.

Of particular interest to me was his three horse-racing paintings. There was a certain vibrancy and harmony of colour at the same time. Against a light background, he has used dark brown colour to depict horses and race-goers. And he has made use of warm and traditional colours – gold, yellow and red – in his Mahamuni Temple paintings.

Myint Soe said, “I have created an action-oriented painting technique based on the one used by artists in China. And I like knife instead of brush work. And I want to give the audience a taste different from other artists. So I create my own style and I choose my own subjects.

The exhibition showcasing Mying Soe’s paintings at the Ahla Thit art gallery runs until July 19. The exhibition showcasing Mying Soe’s paintings at the Ahla Thit art gallery runs until July 19.

‘’And also, my feelings go into my paintings.

“In this exhibition, I have displayed my own creations as well as those from my personal collection of works by other painters, because I want to show the audience some of my favourite paintings so they can compare them with those of others,’’ he explained.

The subject is his next paintings and exhibition will be traditional dancing styles of Myanmar’s different races.

One viewer at the exhibition had this to say: “I very much liked his horse-racing paintings. They were very attractive, very vibrant and animate. And I liked his style. His choice of colour exudes a kind of warmth, beauty and taste that is very different from other artists in his league.”

The exhibition runs until July 19.