Zaw Win Pe’s signature medium is oil applied with a knife which gives the vibrant hues an extraordinary physical quality. The streets of Rangoon can be sensed in Zaw Win Pe’s works but only just. The excitement of urban life is more evoked than described while the quality of the oil medium is the protagonist in these small but expressive works.
Untitled (Rangoon during Cyclone Nargis) Oil on canvas – 23 x 31 cm (9 x 12 inches approx.) -Signed and dated by the artist – £600 (stretched, unframed)
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About Zaw Win Pe
Zaw Win Pe was born in 1960 in Lè Gaing, Myanmar. He graduated in 1964 from the State School of Fine Arts in Yangon and he studied under the masters U Kyaw Hlaing, U Ba Yin Galay, U Mya Aye and U Win Pe Myint.
Zaw Win Pe’s signature medium is oil applied with a palette knife and his works show vibrant colours, with the occasional thick impasto, and strong compositions. As Zaw Win Pe says of this technique, “using the palette knife is the easiest way to express my emotions and to search for and present the true colours I see in nature”.
Zaw Win Pe has frequently exhibited his work in Myanmar and abroad, including galleries in Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong. In 2004 he was awarded the First Place in the Myanmar Contemporary Art Awards. His most recent solo shows were held in 2010 at the Suvannabhumi Art Gallery and in 2012 at the Writer’s Club both in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Zaw Win Pe’s most recent exhibitions at home and abroad include:
2012 Water and Colour Painting Show, Gallery 65, Yangon
2012 PAGE 2012, Art Exhibition, Lokanat Art Gallery, Yangon
2012 Euro Spring preview, Group Show, Rome, Milan, Paris
2012 Mid Year Group Show, The East Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2011 Blue Hill Red Mountains, Solo Exhibition, River Gallery, Strand Hotel, Yangon
2011 “Paradise” Solo Exhibition, the Calcutta Arts Club, New Delhi, India
2010 The Men Behind the Easel, Group Show, Yangon
2010 Myanmar Art & Culture Lecture, Group Show -Boston, the USA
2010 Malaysia’s Art of Nature 2010, Group Exhibition, Malaysia
2010 ‘New Beginning’ Group show, Princeton, the USA
2010 Myanmar Contemporary Art Exhibition, group show, Chiang Mai University Art Center, Thailand