News and Views

  • New Work from Brang Li

    posted 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 event

    posted on Saturday, 27 February 2016

  • River Gallery celebrates 10th Anniversary

    posted on Monday, 22 February 2016


    posted 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 locks

    posted 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-censorship

    posted 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 York

    posted on Sunday, 01 November 2015

  • Artists learn about 10/10 Exhibition with River Gallery's 10th birthday

    posted on Thursday, 30 July 2015

    Artists learn about 10/10 Exhibition with River Gallery's 10th birthday coming up in November of this year, we are preparing to celebrate with a special exhibition of River Gallery artist's work.

    Gill is here briefing the artists, telling them they can produce whatever they like, as long as it is something completely new. She asked them to think about Art event styles, subjects and media.

    We are all looking forward to seeing what Myanmar's favorite contemporary artists can, come up with when faced with this new challenge. Exhibition details to follow.

  • Artist Aung Myint creates painting for Singapore Bank UOB's new office in Yangon.

    posted on Monday, 06 July 2015

    Aung Myint has painted one of this iconic "Mother and Child" works for UOB, as it opens its first office in Myanmar.  UOB is involved in promoting the arts and artists in Hong Kong and Singapore; we hope they will develop a program for Myanmar too.