November 21, 2017

Artists expect good prospects for watercolour paintings

A watercolour created by a local artist is on display for sale at River Ayeyawady Gallery in Yangon
A watercolour created by a local artist is on display for sale at River Ayeyawady Gallery in Yangon

The existence of people with a great affection for watercolours is a constant source of encouragement to artists, with a promising market for their works instead of low prices, Artist Hla Tun Aung told the Global New Light of Myanmar at an art exhibition here on Saturday.
Their regular clients are from the United States, Japan, China and South Korea, with a growing number of local collectors starting to take interest in such paintings, he said.
Moe Win, a watercolourist in Taunggyi of Shan State, described the art of watercolour as his favourite, adding a majority of artists prefer high quality England-made painting accessories, which are available only in big cities.
Regarding younger generation painters, U Tin Aung Htike, a veteran artist, said that the new blood can come up with innovative ideas but still need a lot of practice to draw well.   “It takes great passion, perseverance and genius to live an artist,” Female artist Ma Hmway said, adding that the number of women artists is on the increase but most are digital artists and designers.
In an attempt to promote the role of paintings in watercolours, an exhibition entitled “Transparent Watercolour Art Exhibition” and organized by the Transparent Watercolour Movement Society (Myanmar), a local art body, is being held at River Ayeyawady Gallery in Yangon from 24 to 28 January.
More than 200 paintings created by 57 artists are on display at the gallery, with prices ranging from K50,000 in minimum to K1.5 million in maximum.
The art body is said to have planned five watercolour art exhibitions a year in a bid to attract public attention.

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