Watercolors for a Cause

By Kyaw Phyo Tha 9 September 2013

RANGOON — With a price tag of about US$4,000 apiece, paintings by the celebrated Burmese artist Lun Gywe’s are generally out of reach for local fans in Burma, but an art exhibition in the country’s former capital is now offering a rare chance for buyers with a budget to add to their collections.

At the “Donation Water Color Art Show” at Trish Gallery in Rangoon, 70 watercolor paintings by the master impressionist painter are on display, with prices significantly reduced to between $100 and $300, depending on the size. And at the painter’s request, the proceeds will be donated to two child welfare projects.

“We will donate all money from the sales to the [Yangon] Children’s Hospital in Rangoon and the Dopin orphanage in Pyin Oo Lwin [in Mandalay Division],” Tin Win, the gallery manager, told The Irrawaddy. “Given the prices and the motivation for the show, it’s quite irresistible for anyone who admires U Lun Gywe’s work.”

Lun Gywe, 83, is a former principal of the State School of Fine Arts in Rangoon. He has exhibited his paintings internationally, including in China, Korea, Australia, New York and Singapore. His works have also been on display at Burma’s National Museum, Malaysia’s National Art Gallery and the Singapore Art Museum.

The “Donation Water Color Art Show” featuring Burmese artist Lun Gywe is open to the public from Sep 7-15, from 9 am to 5 pm daily (except Monday) at Trish Gallery: 46/A, Ground Floor, Flat C, Excellent Condominium, Min Kyaung Street, Dagon Township, Rangoon.