that proves Semage's uniqueness
art is unique and his subjects are natural. No matter what he paints, every
single painting tells his viewers a different story.
Jayasiri Semage, a renowned artist both locally and internationally,
painting and exhibiting has now become a part of his life.
the many painting exhibitions Semage has had both here and abroad, the need
to have his very own gallery in Sri Lanka crossed his mind. This idea today
is the result of his own 'Semage Art Gallery.'
to Semage, the main idea behind the opening of the Semage Art Gallery is to
give local artists and art minded foreigners touring the country, the
opportunity of viewing his paintings at their convenience.
displayed at the Semage Art Gallery include those exhibited abroad thereby
giving viewers the opportunity of seeing and appreciating some of the most
exclusive and original paintings of the maestro himself. Among the master
pieces on display at the Semage Art Gallery are paintings of village life,
innocent village romance and the daily lifestyle of village folk in Sri
Lanka. Semage's paintings are done using oil paints, water colours and
acrylic media. A specialty among the items on view are the
gifts and awards that Semage has won at international and local
makes the Semage Art Gallery that much more special is the fact that Semage
has the honour and distinction of being the only local artist, a piece of
whose work is on view at the United Nations Hall of Fame in Geneva.
who held one man exhibitions in Sweden, Switzerland, Nepal, Thailand and
Finland along with the works of other international artists, has succeeded
in bringing all his paintings for viewing at a single place.
won awards such as the National Honour Kalasoori in 1990 the Kalabhooshana
award in 1999 the Sri Lanka United Nations Friendship Organisation (SUNFO)
award and an award by the Media Foundation International Organisation (MFIO).
is also a well known fact that international artists have taken a leaf from
this new and exclusive style of Semage's paintings. At a time when
everything is taking a new shape it is an honour to Sri Lanka that Semage's
painting styles are being followed by international artists.
to the Semage Art Gallery is free of charge in order to give people the
opportunity of viewing and understanding some of the most well known and
appreciated paintings of Semage.
seating arrangement at the Semage Art Gallery, is such that one can view the
paintings in a relaxed posture," explained Semage who hopes that more
people will be encouraged to paint and improve their painting techniques
after having seen his paintings at the Semage Art Gallery.
by mother-daughter duo
and Niloo Gunesekera will once again provide art lovers with a wonderful
collection of paintings from July 17 to 19. The mother - daughter duo, who
have already proved their excellent artistic skills over the past couple of
years will hold an exhibition once again at the Lionel Wendt Theatre from
10.a.m to 7p.m.
her talent for art in her younger years, Chiranthi Gunesekera has had her
artistic education under one of Sri Lanka's most talented artists - Swanee
most of her younger years in a tea plantation, Chiranthi has naturally used
tea pluckers as the main object in her paintings for this exhibition along
with her daughter Niloo, whose main object is lotus - a flower that
I got married I used to live on tea plantations with my husband. Surrounded
by such a beautiful and peaceful environment, I suddenly became drawn to
this beautiful atmosphere and the people that surrounded it.
most of my paintings represent the tea plantations. However, in the past I
have also drawn a mixture of paintings such as ballet dancers, a mixture of
flowers and so on," Chiranthi said.
was also an invited guest artist at the 43rd group and is also a past pupil
of Bishop's College.
Niloo Gunesekera has also been an active member in the art industry for many
years. She has been featured at many exhibitions organised by the George
Keyt Foundation and has also been an active member of their artist camps
was inspired to be an artist because of my mother. Seeing her paint, I
developed a natural aptitude for the subject as well and today I am proud to
have this talent," Niloo added.
is the third exhibition where the mother-daughter pair will be exhibiting
their paintings, having held two exhibitions before in 1987 and 1998.
exhibition of innovative and witty contemporary kitchenware, organised by
the British Council alongside more traditional ceramic pieces designed by
established UK potters will be on display at the Barefoot Gallery from July
15-August 1. The exhibition will be opened to the public on weekdays and
Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
from the exhibition, British Council will also host a talk conducted by one
of the designers of the exhibition itself. Andrew Tanner, a well-known name
in the ceramics and pottery industry in the UK has worked very closely with
many of the designers of the exhibition. His talk along with his slide
presentation will provide the audience an overall understanding and overview
of the ceramics and pottery industry in the UK. The talk will be held at the
Barefoot Gallery on Saturday, July
24 at 4 p.m. and will be opened to the public on a first-come first-served
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