‘Made in Myanmar’—and With Vivid Colors

‘Made in Myanmar’—and With Vivid Colors

A painting by Khin Zaw Win depicts an old mossy tree stump that seems to be bleeding, in a message about the dangers of excessive logging, at the Lokanat art gallery in Rangoon. (Photo: Sai Zaw / The Irrawaddy)

A painting by Khin Zaw Win depicts an old mossy tree stump that seems to be bleeding, in a message about the dangers of excessive logging, at the Lokanat art gallery in Rangoon. (Photo: Sai Zaw / The Irrawaddy)

RANGOON — A group art show, “Made in Myanmar,” is now on display at the Lokanat art gallery in downtown Rangoon, and as its name suggests, it features paintings that depict life in Burma.

From ordinary people to ancient royalties, and from vibrant, native flowers to old tree stumps that have shriveled, a range of subjects can be seen in the paintings, which all employ vivid colors that seem to imply the colorfulness of Burmese culture itself.

The exhibition’s organizer, Khin Zaw Win, has been a part-time artist for almost 18 years.

“I have organized this group show with friends who do not usually hold one-man shows. … It’s been a while since we’ve last had an exhibition of our work,” he said.

Khin Zaw Win is showing a series of his own paintings, titled, “Save Me.” Each painting, using bright red colors, depicts old mossy tree stumps that at first glance seem to be bleeding. “I want to say, ‘Help us!’ on behalf of the trees that are suffering pain from excessive logging,” he said.

“Made in Myanmar” is open to the public at the Lokanat Gallery of Art on Pansodan Street from Aug. 18-23 (9 am to 5pm every day).


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