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Kyaw Phyo Tha The Irrawaddy

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RANGOON — Some people mark their birthdays with cakes and parties, but Zaw Win (Kyee Myin Dine) is celebrating somewhat differently.

In honor of his 65th birthday, the Burmese artist exhibited 65 works—including some by his three grandchildren, aged 7, 9 and 10—at a gallery in Rangoon this week.

“My painting legacy has been inherited by my grandchildren,” said the artist, who has been a painter for 53 years. “This is sort of a generation art show.”

At “The Generation Exhibition of Grandfather and Grandchildren,” at the Professional Art Gallery, pastel drawings by Zaw Win’s grandchildren are on display, along with a mix of the artist’s own oil and watercolor paintings.

The most outstanding of these are his paintings of dark women figures, almost in a lacquerware style, with colorful contemporary backgrounds. Some of the paintings depict a breast-feeding mother and her child, revealing the complex nature of line drawings in traditional Burmese lacquerwares.

The full-time artist said the idea to blend these styles came through experimentation during his painting sessions. “I’ve used a syringe and needle to get the thin, delicate and embossed effect for those lines in the figures,” he said.

The exhibition closed on Tuesday and was sponsored by Zaw Win’s middle son, Myo Thu, and his family.

Venue: Professional Art Gallery, No.8 Komin Kochin Rd, Bahan Township, Rangoon.

Date: Sep 7-10

Time: 9 am to 5 pm

Admission is free.