Abstract Animals: Modernist Painter Soe Naing’s New Exhibition
By Wei Yan Aung 7 September 2017
YANGON — Myanmar modernist painter Soe Naing is known for his skilful manipulations of lines. His depictions of humans, dogs, cats, and horses astound art pundits for their vigorous, yet dexterous, brushstrokes.
For his latest solo exhibition—titled ‘Dancing Soe Naing’ and at OK Gallery at Aung San Stadium (North Wing) from Sept. 9 to 13—Soe Naing showcases dancing creatures with his trademark colorful and energetic style which he describes as “freedom of movement of lines.”
Some dancing figures hold swords and others a four-edged dagger—the royal regalia of Myanmar monarchs. And, all of them seem carefree.
Soe Naing does not like drawing portraits from life, so he creates according to his own imagination.
“If I am to draw a dog, I feel like it is freer to draw it as I remember, rather than watching and copying it. And I think it is more alive. Typically, I draw dogs, cats and humans,” Soe Naing told The Irrawaddy.
The exhibition will display 50 paintings prices between US$400 and $800.
Soe Naing has presented his paintings at over 20 solo exhibitions internationally and art collectors world wide—including the Singapore Art Museum—have purchased his paintings.
“I love lines. I like drawing small creatures because this allows me to draw many curved lines. I’m happy with those lines,” said Soe Naing.