From our Southeast Asia Collection, this is the third offering from our four-part series of Burmese Hyper-Realism Masterpieces executed in charcoal. From a technical perspective, these are some of the most extraordinarily realistic renditions in charcoal that we have ever seen, from any culture and from any time period. The artistic talent reflected in the creation of these works is really nothing short of amazing, especially when considering the inherent limitations of working in charcoal compared to other mediums such as oil.
This particular piece by artist Nay Hline is untitled, and is probably our favorite from this series. It is a haunting and powerful image rich with all sorts of potential interpretation, but for us, one theme clearly stands out: We sense a poignant feeling of hurt, accusation, and resignation reflected in the expression of the mother, maybe even a sense of bottled rage that culminates in one last look over her shoulder before turning away forever. All of this is brilliantly captured in just the artist's portrayal of the mother's eyes alone. It's really quite amazing that so much emotion and meaning can be conveyed in the mere construction of a facial expression, but Nay Hline has definitely managed to accomplish that here.
Size and Condition: In order to preserve and protect these amazing pieces (charcoals are inherently more "fragile" than oils), we felt it was best to frame them immediately upon acquisition. Buyers may choose to re-frame of course at their own discretion, but we can only sell these framed at this point. Framed dimensions are 23 inches wide, 18 inches tall. Perfect condition.