Essays & Media

Pieces from the Collection: Rakhine Sailboats by Shwe Thein

Rakhine Sailboats
20 Jun 2020

Artist: Shwe Thein (b. 1981, Myanmar)
Title: Rakhine Sailboats
Year: 2014
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 121 x 181 cm
Credit Line: On loan from Professor Ian Holliday, Thukhuma Collection
Location: Li Ka Shing Library art@level4

Shwe Thein attended the State School of Fine Arts in Yangon from 2001 to 2004, and is presently based in Yangon. His series of riverine scenes with traditional sailboats emerge from memories of his hometown Kyauk Taw, Rakhine State which sits along the Kaladan River. In his seascapes, sky, sea and boats meld together nebulously through the use of broad impressionistic brush strokes.

Rakhine Sailboats (2014) is part of the Thukhuma Collection, and is on loan to Singapore Management University courtesy of Professor Ian Holliday. The loan collection comprises 73 paintings and can be viewed at the School of Social Sciences and Li Ka Shing Library. For more information on the Thukhuma Collection, visit

Additional resources

Holliday, I. (n.d.). Shwe Thein. Thukhuma.

Ng, E. W. (2017, July/August). Through Burmese Eyes: Ian Holliday. ArtAsiaPacific, (104).