My name is Bill Grant, Heriot-Grant Gallery’s man on the ground in SE Asia, and I would like to welcome newcomers to our site and to thank those of you who have already visited. We hope you will visit again soon.
What gave me the idea of creating an online gallery was meeting Aung Soe Min and Nance Cunningham who run the Pansodan Gallery in Yangon. The simple public space of their gallery, an unpretentious room on the first floor, which one reaches by climbing a staircase that has seen better days, feels more alive and fun than the more chic establishments around town. There is a constant stream of painters, poets, writers, scholars, students, expats, and tourists popping in to look at paintings on show. I could not help but feel that I had arrived at the hub of the art scene in Myanmar. Above this public space, where frequent exhibitions are held, is an amazing Alladin’s cave of a loft where Aung Aung stashes his treasures. Over the years, he has amassed a large collection of paintings by some of the best artists in the country, old masters and newcomers to the scene.
The gallery has formed a special relationship with a group of exciting young contemporary artists and we will be working closely with Pansodan to help these painters achieve their full potential by giving them wider exposure. The paintings which we have selected so far are all special in their own way. Many works are quite large and would, with the appropriate framing, give real impact to the decor of a space, be it traditional or modern minimalist.
Photographs do not do justice to the paintings. For instance, they do not capture the magic of the glowing tapestry-like works of Zwe Yan Naing. I find viewing them with a programme like Picasa 3 gives a much better idea of colors and texture. If you are interested in a painting and would like more information about it, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would also value any general feedback from all of you out there on how we can improve the site.
Until next time, my best regards, Bill.