VETERAN artist Ko Maung Kyaw Than launched his 8th solo show featuring a collection of over 30 landscape paintings from the regions and states today at the KaLaSa Art Space in downtown Yangon.
“Only after my retirement from the Yangon’s State School of Fine Arts as an instructor, I have tasted freedom, and I can spend as much time as I can creating paintings,” said the 66-year-old artist. Ko Maung Kyaw Than, who is a prominent figure in the Myanmar art scene, retired from the Yangon State School of Fine Art six years ago at the age of 60.
“I spent much of my time on teaching and practical drawing with students, and I could not work on my art as much as I could as I focused on teaching,” said U Kyaw Than. After his retirement, the veteran artist has toured the country and captured scenes from different areas on drawing paper.
“The weather in Shan State is cold. The weather in Bagan is hot. Mandalay is influenced by the royal atmosphere. I felt this sense of weather and environment and created these paintings,” said the artist while showing the paintings hanging on the walls of the art space.
“There is no retirement for an artist. Only when he dies, he stops his works of creation,” said the artist, who was once a civil servant. Though he retired from the State School of Fine Art as an instructor, Ko Maung Kyaw Than has spent most of his weekends teaching trainees outdoor paintings, capturing scenes in Yangon.
His 8th solo show titled ‘Melodious Outdoor Water Colour’ will be held at the KaLaSa Art Space from 19 to 23 October.
KaLaSa Art Space is located at No. 131, 1st Floor (right), 34th St Middle block, Kyauktada Township, Yangon.