U Lun Gywe, Reflections in the Water, 2005, Oil on canvas, 68 x 68 cm, US$ 2,900
Exhibition: New paintings
Artist: U Lun Gywe, Burma
Dates: 10 November - 2 December, 2007
U Lun Gywe was born in 1930 and is one of the most well known and well respected artists in Burma today and is considered probably the greatest living master of Burmese paintings. He graduated from the Art Institute of Teacher's Training and continued his studies under famous artists such as U Thet Win, U Chit Maung, U San Win, U Thein Han and U Ngwe Gaing. "I paint according to my emotions", says the artist, "drawing inspiration from smell and textures, light and shadow". When painting flowers, he feels their freshness, their growth and their movements. U Lun Gywe is a master with colours, often in an impressionistic manner, and is particularly fond of painting the beauty of women. In addition to oil paintings, he also creates works in watercolour, pastel and by drawing.
He exhibits regularly in Rangoon and has participated in several art exhibitions abroad, such as in Japan (1985), Korea (1989), Australia (1990, 1991, 1992), USA (New York, 1990, 2006), Singapore (1995, 2004, 2006), and Thailand (2004). His works are found in the public collections of the National Museum in Burma and the National Art Gallery of Malaysia.
Book: U Lun Gywe - A Master Painter from Myanmar
Literature: Koh Buck Song (ed.), 1997: South East Asian Art: A New Spirit, Art & Artist Speak, Singapore
Asian Art News Magazine, Jul/Aug 2001, Hong Kong