News and Views

  • Myat Kyawt returns to River Gallery

    posted on Thursday, 12 December 2013

    Artist Myat Kyawt is never one to rest on his laurels.  Continually exploring new concepts and themes, this jovial artist is one of our most creative talents.   He won third place in our National Portrait Competition in 2011 with a whimsical painting of fellow artist Win Pe Myint and his wife, seen below.  We're delighted to report that he is now back at River Gallery with a new series of paintings featuring the trees of Myanmar, imbued with a kindly spirit, sheltering and embracing Myanmar people going about their everyday life.  To see all these works, please visit the Artists section.

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  • The article from the Nikkei Asian Review

    posted on Saturday, 23 November 2013

    Nikkei Asian Review talks to Gill Pattison about her most recent art adventure - opening River Gallery II in a converted colonial building in downtown Yangon.

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  • Interview with Mizzima Business Weekly- Oct, 2013

    posted on Wednesday, 06 November 2013

    Gill Pattison chatted with Mizzima Magazine about grand opening of River Gallery II.



  • A New Chapter for Chindwin Chambers as River II

    posted on Wednesday, 06 November 2013
    Looking for new premises close to the original River Gallery in The Strand, we had come across the Chindwin Chambers in the road right next to the hotel, three minutes walk from the gallery.  The elegant three story colonial building caught our eye, and we noticed that one section at the north end of the building was home to an office with just a few workers.  We tracked down the owners and discovered that they were amenable to relocating these employees and renting out the space to us for a new gallery.  
    The renovation was relatively minor, just waterproofing the structure, taking out some internal partitions, fixing the wiring, making new doors and painting and plastering to give us large flat white walls. The room has beautiful proportions with 18 foot ceilings and a length of over 120 foot, which spans the whole block giving us access onto both 38th Street and 37th Street.  These are charming old lanes, where local life goes on uninterrupted. I enjoy sitting at the desk in the middle of the gallery, able to see out both ends to the streets where  people walk by, street vendors sell their wares, and the local dogs guard their territory.
    We're looking forward to hosting various events and functions at River II , so that a wide range of people can come and enjoy the re-purposed space and help give downtown Yangon a bit more of a  buzz.
  • Myanmar artists on display in Chennai- India

    posted on Monday, 30 September 2013

    Our partners in India -  the Calcutta Arts Club - have mounted "From Myanmar with Love", a show featuring five leading Myanmar artists from River Gallery:  Zaw WIn Pe, Maung Aw, K. Kyaw, Than Kyaw Htay and Aung Myint. Pls visit the following links to review the journalist's delighted reactions of the show.

  • Review- Wonder in the Land- Group Exhibition, Canada

    posted on Friday, 13 September 2013

    A lot has happened in Burma, also known as Myanmar, since the East Gallery first introduced Burmese contemporary art to Canadians in 2011. After five decades of censorship, Burmese artists are relishing a somewhat greater freedom of expression and the increased international attention being paid to the country’s vibrant art scene. "Wonder in the Land", the East Gallery’s third group show of contemporary Burmese artists, features new work by 5 leading artists, all of whom have had considerable international exposure and success. Visitors will experience a range of styles and themes from abstract to expressionistic, and from landscapes to street scenes.

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  • Investment Advisory Company investigates potential for investment in Myanmar art market.

    posted on Monday, 26 August 2013

    Thura Swiss, a business consultancy based in Yangon, has turned its attention to the Myanmar art market, describing the current situation, and outlining necessary measures for the sector to progress.  Read the report for an interesting assessment of the investment potential of Myanmar art - a nice change from electricity, oil and gas and banking.  The report concludes, "Myanmar's art business has potential to grow exponentially, not only because of its small start, but simply because of the wealth of skills and talent of its artists."  Hear hear!

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  • A quick tour around Myanmar's art scene from Hong Kong's South China Morning Post.

    posted on Monday, 19 August 2013

    This article addresses the impact of the Myanmar Spring on the the country's art scene and artists.

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  • Sculptures by Aung Ko

    posted on Wednesday, 14 August 2013

    IN the depths of North Dagon, I visited the workshop Aung Ko had set up to produce his latest creations. A true pathmaker in the Myanmar art world, Aung Ko is pushing the envelope again with his life size sculptures of people frozen in poses of surprise and fear. His chosen medium is fiberglass, a first for a Myanmar artist. The process is lengthy – modeling in clay first, creating a plaster cast, and finally coating the inside of the cast with the fiberglass, before fitting the parts together and finishing the surface.

    These sculptures are an accompaniment to the “We are Moving” series of large format paintings, which depict the frisson of shock and anxiety in a crowd of people when they learnt that a bomb had exploded nearby. The sculptures give an added dimension – literally – to his depiction of this scene.

    They are destined for a solo show in Milan later this year, but before they head off, we will show them in River to give our local friends and artists a chance to see this pioneering new work.

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  • Artist Yan Naing Tun depicts the changing role of monks in the New Myanmar

    posted on Wednesday, 14 August 2013

    Last week Yan Naing Tun brought in a new series of paintings featuring lines of photo-realistic monks on a blue contemporary background. Nothing new in painting monks in Myanmar, but these works were immediately arresting as the focal point of the works were the faces of the monks, depicted with angry or determined expressions.   Yan Naing Tun explained to me that since the country opened up the Sangha (the monkhood) has become a political force, with some monks playing an activist role in the debates about the issues the country is facing. This strong series of works graphically show that tranquil contentment is not the only face of the Myanmar monk these days.

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