Vibrant Nudes at Lokanat Art Gallery

By Wei Yan Aung 29 March 2019

YANGON—Than Htay is widely regarded by his peers as having an artistic aptitude for colors. He has earned a reputation for creating vividly colorful artwork. Though his landscape paintings of Chin State have earned him popularity among art enthusiasts, his latest exhibition, now showing at Lokanat Gallery, is taking on a different subject.

His latest art exhibition “She,” in which he painted naked figures on abstract backgrounds with a strong focus on colors, is also drawing attention from art enthusiasts.

“In fact, I focused on color as well as figure in this exhibition. I tested the color on figures like I did on landscapes. It is just that the subject has changed this time,” said artist Than Htay.

Nude art was a taboo subject in Myanmar until 2012, but many people—including women—have accepted it as a form of art now, he said.

Around 20 paintings are on display at his exhibition which takes place through Saturday at Lokanat Art Gallery in downtown Yangon, and they are available for purchase for prices between $1,500 and $2,000.

The modernist, who honed his artistic skills in Japan in the 1990s, has organized 17 solo exhibitions and participated in more than 50 group exhibitions locally and internationally.