Painting in the Footsteps of Monks

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Painting monks from behind, and washes of water and fishermen, Min Wae Aung continues a tight routine, experimenting with his art.

Flip-flap, flip-flap! You can almost hear the syncopated footfalls as saffron-clad monks, suffused in monochromes, saunter away from view in Min Wae Aung's mesmeric Monk Pop canvases.

Min Wae Aung funnels his eye on the lower body region, the lifting and lowering of the feet barefoot or clad in slippers, harnessing the anatomy strictures of his main mentor Thu Kha (1918-2007).

The backdrop is often left plain and flat to project a timeless quality, but in an array of attractive monochromes circumventing the foreground-background rule, and later on, infused with understated but gorgeous textures. The itinerant monks, with the bald pates and maroon robes in insouciant droops, are done in shimmering silhouettes, later with an aura tracing the line of movement.


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