Burmese Gaze

Is Burmese art the next big thing?

Reprinted from the summer 2005 edition of Private Capital.

For a country that has spent the better years of half a century in isolated wilderness, the contemporary painting of Burma Myanmar has an almost surprisingly modern feel and a highly original aura. That is more surprising when it is considered that foreign influences and techniques have been in short supply in recent times.

Like the French impressionist movement around 150 years ago and the contemporary new wave of Chinese artists to emerge, modern day Burmese art is defined by a world in the midst of change, but heavily steeped...

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