December 13, 2017

Artist exhibition to raise funds in honor of U Ba Nyan

Myanmar artists plan to organize an art exhibition to raise funds to create two new statues in honor of Myanmar’s late master painter, U Ba Nyan.
Art will be displayed from 26 to 30 July at the National Museum. Half of the art sale proceeds from the exhibition will be used to fund statues of U Ba Nyan.
The project is being undertaken in honor of the 120th birthday of U Ba Nyan who was born in 1897 and died on 12th October 1945.
“We found the tomb of U Ba Nyan at Katoe Village in Mawlamyine last year and there dedicated ourselves to perform meritorious deeds in honor U Ba Nyan” said U Kyaw Than (also known as Ko Maung Kyaw Than), secretary of the committee which will organize the art exhibition and make the statues. The two statues will be housed at the National Museum in Yangon and at the Katoe Village in Mawlamyine in memory of the artist.
U Ba Nyan played a key role in introducing western techniques to Myanmar artists. He also had a significant influence on teaching methods in Burma. He championed the master-apprentice form of instruction, which had always been a feature of older traditional schools of painting in Burma.
U Ba Nyan learned western oil painting techniques at art schools in London in the 1920s and returned to his country to help train a number of well-known painters, including U Ngwe Gaing, U Ba Kyi, U Aung Khin, Bogalay Kyaw Hlaing and U Aung Soe.
His paintings have been exhibited in Myanmar’s National Museum.— Aye Min Soe

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