‘City View’ through the eyes of S.Munkhbaatar

By B.Narantuya

“City View” is the first solo exhibition by S.Munkhbaatar, featuring 55 artworks of city views and portraits. The exhibition is on view through October 25, at Best Art Gallery.
Artist S.Munkhbaatar was born in 1984, in Uliastai, Zavkhan aimag. He earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts instruction at the School of Fine Arts and Technology in 2005. At the moment, he is teaching at Ulaanbaatar University.
“City View” is dedicated to the 375th anniversary of our urban city, says S.Munkhbaatar.
In Mongolia, most artists usually work under the theme of modern art, history, installations, wildlife and nature. Visiting this exhibition, the artist gave me a chance to see a simple view of city life through his paintings, one that we mostly see only through photographs. All of his works are painted in watercolor. Watercolor can be a challenging medium for artists, but I think that S.Munkhbaatar uses this technique masterfully.
“I aimed to express my view of the city, streets, ger districts, and simple lives looking through the eyes of an artist. On the other hand, the works that are presented will be historical pieces, by painting a city that develops and changes day by day,” he said. Overall, the works are very simple, presenting the daily lives typical of the city and its people. He used simple, soft colors that make the paintings seem more alive.
I enjoyed all of his work, but one painting, “Morning of Shiniin 1” remained with me.
White Moon, or Tsagaan Sar, is the traditional celebration of Mongols. We have been celebrating this event since the times of Chinggis Khaan. The celebration takes several days and we call the first day of the celebration, “Shiniing 1”. I usually imagine Tsagaan Sar as a celebration that is a very important and delightful event for elders. My grandparents get very excited when the celebration comes around, especially my grandfather. However, I don’t live in a ger district. Staring at that picture, I missed the Tsagaan Sar festivities that I used to celebrate with my grandfather, who left us three years ago. S.Munkhbaatar’s painting made me miss my grandfather and evoked warm memories.

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