Painting for Peace


Myanmar’s golden stupas and scenic countryside are an inspiration for watercolors.

During end November-early December 2017, Myanmar’s International Watercolor Society (IWS) set about a trial run for its 2019 fully international programme of a global watercolour phenomenon which saw the biggest gathering of artists practising watercolour in the name of peace and art.

IWS Myanmar’s end of 2017 programme incorporated its second annual exhibition with a solo by Atanur Dogan, the flamboyant IWS global president, with his humanist paintings, and a demonstration by guest master artists Smith Sein Lynn (b. 1941, Myanmar-Thailand), Sattha “Lafe” Homsawat (Thailand) and the Indian Sawant brothers Rajesh and Prafull, held at the New Treasure Art Gallery in Yangon.

The guest artists – together with some IWS members led by its president Min Wae Aung (b. 1960), the iconic artist of Myanmar Monk Pop – then made a cross-country painting expedition to Mandalay and the southern Shan State, covering the hill resort of Kalaw and the Unesco Biosphere Reserves site of Inle Lake.

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