Deliverance aimed to use art, science and cultural heritage to create awareness on our connection to the earth and water. The concept of this show was to juxtapose paintings – that allude to man’s interaction with the environment in an abstract and emotional way, with a lyrical plea for the earth’s protection that is justified through scientific data on climate change and water presented in a non technical format to increase the viewers’ understanding of these issues.
Wijewardene is an alumna of Central St. Martin’s College, University of the Arts, London where she received a first class Hons and also completed her MA. She has held solo exhibitions in Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Maldives, New Delhi and her country of birth, Sri Lanka.
“Pictures and letters are really blood relations”, states E.H.Gombrich. In primitive art, it was believed that the painting of pictures invoked the powers of majic and religion through symbolism. In a similar context, Lasantha depicts mages of rural life and farming, such as the water and the sickle. These images surrounding the mud hut, with striking colours that represents the five elements, not only portray their importance in agriculture and rural life. They reach out to urban society and inspire a respect of a way of life completely in sync with Mother Nature.
Noorjehan studied at the National College of Art in Lahore and later obtained a Diploma in Fine Art from the Central Institute of Arts and Crafts, Karachi in 1974. There are many facets to her personality and to her work.
She is best known for her “Koel”, the flagship textile shop specializing in block-printed fabrics, embroidery and weaves which she started in Karachi in 1978. This led her fascination with the multi-purposes cloth of Ajrak which was which was celebrated in a book and film documentary in “Sindh-Jo-Ajral” in 1990. A wider interest in the craft traditions of Pakistan resulted in the book “Clay, Cloth, Wood, Metal and Stone” which she produced along with a film for the Government of Pakistan.
Rosemary Samarasinghe-Amiet has lived in Sri Lanka for 23 years. After surviving breast cancer and discovering a talent she believed she always had within herself, she will exhibit her first series of artworks at The Gallery Cafe. Rosemary is an inspiration to all women who have been diagnosed with cancer; it is through her sheer strength and will to confront this turning point in her life that Rosemary is today a survivor. By the beach in Bentota, the place where Rosemary spent her time recovering from chemotherapy, Rosemary speaks of how she was drawn to art and the inspiration behind this, her first exhibition.
Rubert sees art much more than a mere message and as a language a mode of communication of the human emotions. He is a recipient of three awards. Prime Minister’s prize for the painting at the annual art exhibition of the Ceylon Society of Arts, President’s Prize at the Annual Art Exhibition of the Ceylon Society of Arts and the first prize for the best painting at the State Award Ceremony. (Rubert Soysa was born on December 31, 1948. His father Sineris Soysa was a teacher.
Sanjeewa Kumara’s surreal and fantastical artworks are self-declared ‘pictures’. ‘An abstract painting is a painting because it dwells primarily on the material and the surface,’ states Sanjeewa, ‘but ‘picture’ implies a space one goes into.’ The eclectic, electric-hued compositions provide far more than purely aesthetic pleasure; instead, they delve into the heart of Sri Lanka’s colonial and postcolonial legacy, and questions what is meant by the ‘self’ in South Indian art and culture.
His aim is to synchronise diverse historical elements into a visual pastiche, creating a unique visual language that he terms ‘Non-western Western art.’ Sanjeewa traces his artistic influence to ancient cave painters, saying ‘I love the sense that I’m doing the same thing that people have always done.’ That is not to say his work is anything ordinary; his is the art of the unexpected. His pictures recontextualise traditional myths and stories, placing them within a hybrid society of vibrant colours and ambiguous narratives. Cows, elephants, lions and deities act out mysterious new legends against bold acid-coloured backdrops and eccentric motifs, taking the viewer beyond the exotic and into the uncanny.
Saskia Pintelon – Pringiers moved to Sri Lanka from Belgium with her husband and family in 1982. Pintelon studied art and thereafter continued teaching the subject at St.. Lucas in Ghent, Belgium. Her career as an artist flourished in Sri Lanka and the subject of her work became increasingly entwined with the rich culture of her new island abode. Throughout the 80s and 90s in addition to exhibiting in Belgium, Italy and France, Saskia held numerous shows at the Oberoi Art Gallery and the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery.
Today Pintelon has developed a collector base in both Europe and Asia. Her largest collection still remains in Sri Lanka and this solo is the first of the artists since 5 years. In this time Pintelon has participated in various group shows and her most recent solo was held at the Yavuz Fine Art Gallery in the emerging Asian art capital, Singapore. This exhibition featured the artist’s series of cotton canvas works titled â€˜Getting to the Heart’. The series marked a shift in the artist’s career, not only in terms of medium, but also technique and style. The works are marked with phrases, a signature of the artist who has written on her the majority of her works, but the writing now however is stitched on the canvas in the writing style of Pintelon. The merging colours are a clear inspiration from the artists change of scenery after moving to Mirissa from Colombo, where she now spends most of her time when in the country.
Born in 1971 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Vajira Gunawardena is best known for his brightly coloured canvases which are in fact a series of self-portraits represented by tribal masks and skulls surrounded by objects and colour which provide the conceptual nature of his work. Gunawardena completed his Bachelor in Fine Arts at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies in Sri Lanka and has consistently staged solo exhibitions in Sri Lanka over the past twelve years. He has participated in group shows in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Sri Lanka and most recently in Cuba.