It’s been two years since Myanmar lost its virtuoso artist, U Marlar, who passed away from Covid-19 on 20 August 2021. Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake, his surviving family and admirers of his paintings are organising a memorial exhibit this weekend.
The two-day event is an opportunity to appreciate almost all of his life’s work since it will feature around 120 paintings. Many of them are owned by U Marlar’s family while some are from private collectors.
There will also be a live auction on the second day afternoon where his works are sold through competitive bidding. If you can’t be at the event, you could still bid through a live video link. It goes without saying that private collections are not for sale. If you wanna know more about the auction, you can enquire through Chatrium’s Facebook page.
The son of farmers, U Marlar was born in 1953 in a village in Mandalay Region. His career led him to spend a significant period, from 1976 to 1985, working with the Department of Archaeology. This experience significantly influenced his artistic journey.
His paintings reflect this ardent interest, often centering around historical landmarks across Myanmar. His works emanate maturity, serenity and composure. U Marlar’s distinctive style shines through in his signature renditions of revered sites such as Bagan and Mandalay, where intricate and evocative details converge with an unassuming authenticity. His favourite medium was watercolour but he also excelled at oil.