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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".
Photo Exhibition at River Gallery - "JEWELRY FROM THE BUSH"posted on Wednesday, 09 March 2016
Limited edition prints and prints on canvas are available for sale through the gallery.
River Gallery's 10th Birthday Party - Myanmar Times writes about our eventposted on Saturday, 27 February 2016
River Gallery celebrates 10th Anniversaryposted on Monday, 22 February 2016
RAIN OR SHINE - RIVER GALLERY 10TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITIONposted on Thursday, 18 February 2016
Yangon's monthly magazine that keeps its finger on the pulse of arts and events publsiher an in-depth article about River Gallery ten year anniversary.
Zay Zay Htut: The Artist with the locksposted on Wednesday, 17 February 2016
Myanmar Features Zay Zay Htut, on of River Gallery's artists in this article, whic is one of a series tracking down Myanamar's most interesting contemporary artist.
Burmese artists caught in self-censorshipposted on Thursday, 24 December 2015
People in the Myanmar art world speak, including River Gallery owner Gill Pattison, speak with journalist Chloe Carlens about how Myanmar artists are reacting as they emerge from the era of censorship.
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Aung Ko and Nge Lay featured in Asia Contemporary Art Week in New Yorkposted on Sunday, 01 November 2015