Art Exhibition: Illuminations
Artist: Aung Kyaw Htet, Burma
Dates: 18 February – 17 March, 2012
Venue: Thavibu Gallery
Opening: Saturday 18th February at 5 pm
Open: Monday – Saturday: 11:00 – 19:00
Thavibu Gallery is pleased to present the art exhibition Illuminations with new oil paintings by the Burmese artist Aung Kyaw Htet.
Aung Kyaw Htet is a devout Buddhist and grew up in a small village — two factors which have a strong influence on his art. His paintings of religious life in Burma show monks and nuns in a realistic manner, though non-essential objects are omitted from the paintings in order to focus on the religious aspects. Aung Kyaw Htet paints the faces of monks and nuns in exquisite detail to show their humanity. In his new series of paintings, he explores the use of light and shadow and subdued colours to convey the serenity of the works.
Aung Kyaw Htet is 47 years old and one of Burma’s leading artists. His painting has sold for a record price at an international auction currently making him the highest grossing Burmese artist. Another solo exhibition by Aung Kyaw Htet will take place in Singapore simultaneously with the exhibition in Bangkok.
He studied at the State School of Fine Arts in Rangoon and has participated in several exhibitions internationally such as in Thailand (2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010), Singapore (2003, 2008) Hong Kong (2003, 2004), Taiwan (2006), India (2009), Dubai (2009) and Monaco (2010). His paintings are in the museum collections of the National Museum of Burma and the National Art Gallery of Malaysia.