Much like meeting your idols, seeing your favourite artists’place of work is fraught with danger. What if you discover that the birthplace of their artistic creations looks more like what you’d find in an Ikea catalogue rather than the paint splattered artistic equivalent of a hydrothermal vent where ideas spring to life on the canvas? What if peering inside the homes and minds of these creative geniuses, you come across something you’d rather not have. Bates motel, anyone?
Now, thanks to decorated artist Htein Lin, six master artists are bravely opening up their studios to the judging eyes of the public. The North Dagon Open Studios Project will run all day on March 11 and takes art lovers inside the workplaces of U Win Pe, Soe Naing, Zaw Win Pe, Than Kyaw Htay, Dr Aung Min and U Khin Zaw.
This is the second Open Studios project organised by Htein Lin. On December 31 last year he opened up his his own studio and those of artists Shwe Pauk Kan, U Lyun Gywe’s Lyun and Nyo Win Maung.
“The downtown area is congested and noisy so many artists live in North Dagon and other places outside of the city,” he said.
“The audience and art lovers should see these places.”
With so many famous artists choosing North Dagon as their quiet suburban sanctuaries it’s little wonder Htein Lin has chosen it as the focus of his tour.
Win Pe’s home studio, located at Tharaphi street, in the 35th quarter of North Dagon, is where the 83-year-old has created so many of the contemporary paintings for which he is famous. Win Pe plans to walk the audience through his pieces, his life and his creative process.
Read more about the artist studios in North Dagon in Lae Phyu Pya Myo Myint’s article for Myanmar Times.
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