Aung Kyaw Htet, Monk's Portrait in Yellow, 2008, Oil on canvas, 86 x 113 cm, US$ 3,900
First, let us not forget the Nargis cyclone disaster in Burma. It is possible to contribute to relief efforts via Red Cross, donate.ifrc.org Thavibu Gallery will donate a part of the income from this exhibition to support the victims of the cyclone disaster.
Thavibu Gallery is pleased to present the art exhibition Burmese Inspirations with oil paintings and drawings by the Burmese artist Aung Kyaw Htet on 14 June - 6 July, 2008.
Aung Kyaw Htet is a devout Buddhist and grew up in a small village -- two factors which have an important 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 great detail to show their humanity. His use of bright colours is attractive and draws the viewer's attention to the serenity in the paintings.
Aung Kyaw Htet is 43 years old and one of Burma's leading artists. He studied at the State School of Fine Arts in Rangoon and has participated in several exhibitions in Burma, Thailand (2002, 2004, 2005, 2007), Singapore (2003), Hong Kong (2003, 2004), and Taiwan (2006). His paintings are in the museum collections of the National Museum of Burma and the National Art Gallery of Malaysia.
A book on Aung Kyaw Htet titled Myanmar Inspirations, richly illustrated and written by the art historian Shireen Naziree has recently been published. The artist will be present at the exhibition opening to sign his book.
An ongoing exhibition by the British artist Michael Croft is on display in Thavibu Gallery - Studio 307
You are invited for the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 14th June 2008 at 17:00 (5 pm) at:
The Silom Galleria Building,
Suite 308, 919/1 Silom Rd.
Tel (662) 266 5454
Fax (662) 266 5455
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