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Aung Min

He is a man of artistic sensibility. In his early forties, he came to realize peace and tranquility of Dharma so he tried to convey it onto the canvas. He was once told by a rock star that his paintings made him felt like meditating. It is quite right because the painter himself is always calm and peaceful whenever painting.

Here are some facts about the artist. Things with no physical existence are extremely fascinating to him; for example, reflection. It cannot be touched but it does exist. It is likewise with echo and vibration. This is one of the subjects he has tried to present in his work. Once in an interview, he said that when people used to believe the earth was flat; painters produced only two dimensional paintings. He thinks it is really simple and boring. As for him, in this 21st century, when the whole world has realized that the earth is round, he just wants to make three dimensional paintings. The Reflection and Echo Series deviated from his early hyper realistic work was established then.

He does not simply consider a beautiful picture on a canvas as a completely fulfilling job. He believes that painting with just perspective and composition is wanting in many respects. So he has become involved in three dimensional paintings but eventually realized that when searching for the truth he must use not only three dimensions but extra dimensions as well, for example, time. Things which are originally right could become wrong or vice versa over a certain time span. He also believes that a dispute occurs because there is no irrefutable evidence of truth in both sides. Therefore, extra dimensions are needed for a peaceful resolution.

He thinks that religion is possibly one of them. Seeing things from Buddhist perspective or ``dimension`` helps him overcome every issue. As a Buddhist, he deeply understands that ``Nothing but change is forever``. Eventually, painting became meditation for him as he deals with issues of life from Buddhist dimension using his brushwork. In his painting there is no landscape, no still lives, no portrait, no ism, etc. He only likes to depict things that cannot be created by any other living things except human. It does not mean things & matter that naturally exist, for example, landscape, birds and animals, fruits and buildings. This is the last dharma he has to overcome.

He does not paint to be an object of admiration. As his paintings are not created to be praised, accolade or censure has no effect on him. His sincere desire is for his viewers to enjoy his paintings not focusing on who he is.

As a Buddhist, he deemed that aptitude has something to do with the meritorious deeds of past life. Presently, he possesses only the goodwill that comes right from his own heart, the creativity of his own brain and the great diligence of his body. Using these three things he has tried to convey onto the canvas a new concept he has discovered. In fact, his paintings are products of his body and soul.

In his paintings, the painter sometimes ignored the gaps which need some finishing touches. He left them off as humans' never ending dissatisfaction given by the Mother Nature. He considered those gaps as hidden dimension. In fact, his paintings depict many more extra dimensions that the viewers can experience and interpret differently.

One could be mesmerized by the distinctive style of his art work. Once he said that light can be seen but cannot be touched. It is incredibly quick. In his work, he has tried to present this ideology of light interlacing. His conception began from the Shwedagon Pagoda. Revering the great pagoda, he admired the mosaics, which reminded him of his childhood kaleidoscope. The experience inspired him to start painting the Reflection Series.

He is the creator of this particular sort of art that cannot be found in any other places of the world. This is sui generis. This is his own new ism, suggesting to his viewers his spirituality and philosophy on life.

Essay by Vera Lee

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