VETERAN artist Ko Maung Kyaw Than launched his 8th solo show featuring a collection of over 30 landscape paintings from the regions and states today at the KaLaSa Art Space in downtown Yangon.
“Only after my retirement from the Yangon’s State School of Fine Arts as an instructor, I have tasted freedom, and I can spend as much time as I can creating paintings,” said the 66-year-old artist. Ko Maung Kyaw Than, who is a prominent figure in the Myanmar art scene, retired from the Yangon State School of Fine Art six years ago at the age of 60.
ARTIST Aung Ko has captured on his canvas the special Myanmar culture found in old wooden buildings before they surrender to mother nature.Aung Ko has devoted himself to displaying the traditional decorative motifs of wood carvings found on century-old buildings across Myanmar. Some of these buildings had nearly collapsed, while others were abandoned but standing tall under the attack of changing weather.“In fact, I restore the cultural values of these old buildings on canvas. I call this ‘artistic resto-ration’,” said the 41-year old artist.“I’d like to send a message to the people that the value of our old cultural buildings should be maintained. This is the best way to pass along this cultural inheritance to future generations,” he added. “I create these paintings to present what I value in old buildings, and those who built them. Most of the buildings were destroyed in the war, (more…)
Artist Aung Ko was born in Shwetaung , a small town that is rich in cultural buildings . He studied art at the National University of Art and Culture and graduated in 2001 . Since then he has created various themed paintings . He mostly depicts the old cultural buildings around his town in order to commemorate and appreciate them. It is his belief that old is gold . His favorite medium is oil color and sometimes, he enjoys painting with watercolor whenever he goes outdoors for painting. On those occasions he finds himself in reverie. He has exhibited a lot of at home and he has also had the chance to show abroad including in Chiang Mai in 2015 and also at Burma Rising :The first Contemporary Art Show , Boston , USA in 2017 . (more…)
Yangon is an ever evolving city. Many of the older colonial buildings have been renovated, repainted and repurposed – as banks, hotels and important cultural sites. Some of those buildings include recreational venues, like museums and the Secretariat.
These buildings can attract many visitors, particularly when they house something interesting or valuable inside. This is true of the Kalasa Art Space, which has just opened its doors on 34th Street in Yangon’s downtown area.
17 A.M @ KALASA By Artist Aung Myint .