A collaborative exhibition brought to you by Tanya Baxter Contemporary & Millennium Hotel Mayfair Launch Party at the AVISTA Bar & Restaurant, Millennium Hotel Mayfair 39 Grosvenor Square, W1K 2HP
October 27, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Towards Monastery 6, acrylic on canvas, 153 x 183 cm|Towards Monastery 4, 2016, watercolour on paper, 28 x 37.5cm
Millennium Hotel Mayfair and Tanya Baxter Contemporary will launch ‘The Journey Begins,’ an exhibition of new work by the prominent Burmese artist Min Wae Aung. One of Myanmar’s most celebrated artists, Min Wae Aung is exhibited and collected internationally. He is best known for his stylized paintings of Buddhist monks in vibrant colours that convey a sense of calm; leaving humanity behind and going to “a peaceful place, like Nirvana.”
We gave Min Wae Aung his first solo Min Wae exhibition in 1999, having visited his studio in 1998 in Yangon and Inle Lake; I was overcome with a sense of aesthetic Purity that emanated from his works. Min Wae Aung is a practicing Buddhist and his paintings depict a very integral part of Buddhist life, which is all about the simplicity of their life. He captures their daily journey, people with few resources, who depend on themselves to live and suffice on what they have.
Min Wae Aung – Towards Monastery 6, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 106 x 167 cm
As an artist and an individual, this is part of his personal quest to be non-materialistic in life and minimalist in his paintings. Min Wae uses the classic motif of the traveler as a starting point for his new series of works. Everyone depicted in the paintings traverses through life by foot. Min Wae paints with detail and methodology. He adopts a bold expanse of colour, a minimum of fuss with brushes, but through his clever build up of golden hues, he gives us a feeling of the heat and dust along the roads, the monks and nuns are depicted in scorching reds, pinks and oranges. The colours are intense, black and white being used as a shadow and highlight. He has achieved an uncompromising monochromatic palette of either red or yellow which gives a life like quality to the people in his ￼￼￼paintings. Step by step we see an artist who has fastidiously followed his passion and soul of Buddhist life and celebrated the people.
Min Wae Aung – Towards Monastery 2, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 94 x 129.5 cm
Situated in the heart of fashionable Mayfair, Millennium Hotel London Mayfair combines traditional charm and luxury with picturesque views overlooking Grosvenor Square. AVISTA bar and restaurant has won 3SS Rosettes and features fine contemporary Italian Cuisine, using the freshest seasonal produce to create flavours to excite the palate. Millennium Collection Hotels are created with timeless elegance and are famed for their world-class facilities and the ultimate in personalized, gracious service.
Min Wae Aung - Monk and Novice 4, 2016, watercolour on paper, 56 x 75 cm
Founded in Hong Kong and with locations in London & Hong Kong, Tanya Baxter Contemporary bridges the gap between the Western and Chinese art markets. Having established long standing relationships with Chinese & international artists and collectors we exhibit some of the most exciting Contemporary Chinese artists alongside established blue chip international.