Myitkyina’s very first art exhibition

Nhkum Brang artwork.

From April 2 to 5, the Kachin Cultural Organization will host Myitkyina’s first artist exhibition. Free and open to the public, the exhibition will feature the work of ten local artists, one Yangon artist, and one foreign artist; most pieces will be available for sale by the artists. Here is a look at some of the participating artists and their work:

Nhkum Brang, the owner of Myitkyina’s Bung Shi art gallery, will show more than 60 acrylic paintings. One of Kachin’s oldest and most established painters, his stylistically diverse artwork highlights various aspects of Kachin traditions, culture, and life. His work is featured in the Kachin State Cultural Museum and numerous venues throughout Myitkyina.

U Sang La Nu from the town of Hopin near Kachin State’s Indawgyi Lake will present three vividly-colored acrylic paintings depicting Kachin traditions in a contemporary style.

Zaw Min Thein, painter and owner of Myitkyina’s Café 60, will present two acrylic nude paintings.

Ja Seng, also based in Myitkyina and one of the show’s two female contributors, will present five small-sized acrylic paintings with dynamic, contrasting colors and creative themes.

Myitkyina-based illustrator, sculptor and painter Nau Ra will present five brightly-colored watercolor paintings.

Myitkyina University student Sunday Lasham will present ten detailed pencil portraits and three colorful acrylic paintings.

Up-and-coming Myitkyina artist Htoi Awng, who goes by the artist name Shawanang, will present six of his imaginative, colorful line drawings of slender women posing in Kachin traditional dress.

Artist and musician Ah Brang Magawng, also based in Myitkyina, will present three acrylic Kachin traditional portraits.

The young Myitkyina-based artist Seng Noi Awng will present one realistic pencil portrait.

Myitkyina painter Sut Naw will present one acrylic landscape.

Established Myanmar artist U Lone Gyi will present one acrylic painting of a village view.

The contributor of this piece, American freelance writer Emily Fishbein, will present two contemporary-style acrylic still-life paintings.

The event will take place from 10 AM to 4 PM. Coffee, wine and small refreshments will be available for purchase.

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