I am most grateful to photographer Peter White who kindly allowed me to use his shot of Aung San Auu Kyi for this work. Thank you so much peter.
Pastels on Tex Mi-Teintes paper A4
Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma and Nobel Peace laureate, has come to symbolise the struggle of Burma’s people to be free.
She has spent more than 15 years in detention, most of it under house arrest in Rangoon, thousands of miles from her husband and children in the UK. She was released from her third period of detention on Saturday 13th November 2010, she was one of the world’s most prominent political prisoners.
Aung San Suu Kyi received the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.
On September 19, 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi was also presented with the Congressional Gold Medal, which is one of the highest civilian honour in the United States.
On 1st April 2012, her party, the National League for Democracy, announced that she was elected to the lower house of the Burmese parliament, her party also won 43 of the 45 vacant seats in the lower house.