As the festive season approaches, we are reminded of the importance of family. It is for this reason that the theme for our new exhibition is “A Tale of Family”. We celebrate family ties and acknowledge the impact family members have on our lives.
We feature father and sons Ngwe Aung, Ngwe Phyoe and Lapyae. Known for his dramatic interpretations of Myanmar’s Shan landscape, Ngwe Aung’s paintings are vibrant, three-dimensional and absolutely captivating.
His elder son Ngwe Phyoe has his own signature style of using a drip paint, pointillism technique to create realist paintings of the Myanmar landscape and people. Despite his young age of 28, Ngwe Phyoe has held 10 solo exhibitions including two in Singapore and one in Hong Kong.
Lapyae, Ngwe Aung’s younger son, followed the career paths of his father and brother to become a full time artist since graduating from the State School of Fine Arts in Yangon. A keen learner, he understudied his father and brother, as well Win Tin, Kyaw Thu Rain and Tin Maung Oo. He uses elements of cubism in his depiction of key landmarks in Myanmar. Lapyae said “My wish to exhibit together with my first teachers – my father and my brother – has now been fulfilled”.
Artistic talent clearly runs in the family. They are three outstanding artists with three completely different styles. Ngwe Aung, the proud father, said “It gives me immeasurable joy to have this opportunity to do an exhibition with my dear sons.”
Our exhibition also features husband and wife Saw Lin Aung and Mor Mor. Saw Lin Aung excels in painting water, specifically, reflections on water. When looking at his paintings, the viewer is transported to a tranquil life lived on water, as many in Myanmar’s Inle and Irrawaddy regions do. Mor Mor’s trademark style is her painting of water droplets. She pays so much attention to the droplets’ form, shape, and reflection that her paintings look like macro photography. This power couple represents the exciting talent we have Myanmar’s evolving art scene.
Myint Soe and Hla Htay are brothers with distinct styles. Elder brother Myint Soe is very strong in abstract art. He is a vocal activist for social causes in Myanmar. His painting “Dreaming of Freedom” conveys his wish for gender equality in the world, for women to not just dream of freedom but to actually experience freedom.
Hla Htay has a cheerful personality that shows in his paintings through his use of bright colours and often whimsical style. He also creates sculptures which are displayed at ArtAnt’s pop-up space.
Please join us at our Junction City pop-up to view the works by this exciting line-up of artists. A Tale of Family is on till 24 December 2017 (Sunday).