News and Views
The Myanmar Times features : Soe Yu Nweposted on Thursday, 27 October 2016
Art Radar Asia interviewsposted on Friday, 14 October 2016
Art Radar Asia interviews Melissa Carlson (twice) about her two exhibitions in Hong Kong of Myarmar artists exploring the impact of censorship on the visual arts. The first was in 2014, not long after censorship had been lifted, and the second was in 2015 as artists increasingly experiment with their new freedoms.
The Myanmar Times features : Htein Lin return with a new take on Yangon's old junkposted on Friday, 07 October 2016
For more information about Htein Lin's new series and images of the works, here is the e-catalogue for "Signs of The Times"
The Myanmar Times features Tin Aung Kyaw, one of River Gallery's most talented hyper-realist painterposted on Thursday, 06 October 2016
River Gallery donates US$1,000 to the two top graduates from the University of Arts and Cultureposted on Tuesday, 27 September 2016At the annual student exhibition and show for the University of Arts and Culture on September 10th, Gill Pattison presented certificates and a prize of $500 each to Lin Thandar Aung and Soe Nyi Nyi for their outstanding work in this year's show. Professor U Myat Tun Aung accepted the prizes on behalf of the students.
Htein Lin Picking up the Pieces: A Show of Installationsposted on Wednesday, 17 August 2016
Frontier writes about the life and times of Myanmar's most well known abstract artist Myo Khinposted on Sunday, 07 August 2016
"Please click link to see works in River Gallery by Myo Khin." - and http://www.rivergallerymyanmar.com/artists
Tun T Lin: Artist stikcs necks out for the sake of familyposted on Friday, 01 July 2016
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Aung Kyaw Htet: Showing at the Agora Gallery in New York Cityposted on Friday, 27 May 2016
Aung Kyaw Htet is one of Myanmar's most accomplished painters. In this series he lovingly depicts Myanmar's sangha - the monks and nuns of the country.Myanmar artist Aung Kyaw Htet paints detailed Buddhist figures on expressionistic and sometimes ethereal backgrounds. With a strong emphasis on the figurative and facial expressions in particular, he expertly combines color, line, and form to achieve balanced compositions, as peaceful to experience as they are beautiful to look at.
Born and raised in a poor village in the Delta Region of Myanmar, Aung Kyaw Htet has been profoundly influenced by Theravada Buddhism and his time spent living in a monastery. Much of his art is centered on Buddhist principles and themes, and the simplicity, sincerity, and inherent beauty that are achieved in the Buddhist way of life. As Aung Kyaw Htet explains, "I learned that Buddhism gives you peace of mind and reinvigorates the body. I want to educate other people about the teachings of Lord Buddha". He often paints the emotions and aspirations of young monks and nuns thus depicting their humanity rather than as religious (Buddhist) symbols.
Aung Kyaw Htet lives and works in Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma). His paintings can be found in the collections of the National Museum of Myanmar and the National Gallery of Malaysia, and his work is featured in the monograph book, 'Aung Kyaw Htet: Myanmar Inspirations' written by Shireen Naiziree. Currently, Aung Kyaw Htet is showing his works at A Moment in Time exhibit, held in The Big Apple’s Agora Gallery, New York from May 20 to June 9 together with the other 12 artist around the world.
New Work from Brang Liposted on Friday, 27 May 2016
Here is: What the Artist says about his powerful new series
"World’s longest running civil war, which first touched upon Myanmar ironically as one of the aftermaths of the country’s independence, is still going strong after sixty odd years. This war has engulfed the lives of many. Yet, why does this war remain unresolved?
No one I know is fond of the term war. Similarly, I have a hard time imagining anybody who enjoys fighting in wars. If no one likes wars, why are we still fighting?
As a child, I saw my father glued to his handheld radio day and night. My father was not politician. Yet his radio channels mostly covered news of ongoing battles and their associated politics, with little entertainment. Today, my father has passed, but I have become my father, following the movement of the war through modern media, beyond his handheld radio. My hope is that I would one day be able to listen to my father’s radio, which would feature pleasant country music, without the angst associated with following the developments of this ongoing war.
I believe justice is the means to peace. Unless we can honor truths of minorities, and grant equal rights to all in federated republic, wars will continue to ravage Myanmar and engulf the lives of our people. My art here is a tribute to those impacted by the war:
- Scores of deserted homes and fields empty of their former owners
- Broken families with lost loved ones
- Sleepless nights under temporary shelters
- Pregnant mothers, young children and seniors on the run without proper care and health measures
- Children bereft of colorful classrooms, ambitions and futures
- Women all of ages mistreated by the worst elements of society brought out by the war, and
- Undignified lives of my people.
May Peace prevail in Myanmar".