An exhibition entitled ‘Island Mentality’ at the renowned Saskia Fernando Gallery in Colombo takes a sideways look at what the term means in Sri Lanka.
The creative hinterland of Buddhism in Sri Lanka has produced a vibrant heritage of visual arts and culture, with ancient masterpieces vying with modern interpretations for our attention. Renowned Buddhist scholar Dr Daya Hewapathirane recounts “the exceptionally rich heritage of visual arts of Sri Lanka”.
The street artists of Sri Lanka who create amazing colourful backdrops for our capital city Colombo are seeing a boom in sales—thanks to Chinese tourists. XinhuaNet reports that “many well-known local artists who were forced to choose alternative careers due to a slump in sales during the civil war have now re-emerged.”
A treat for eyes, ears and taste buds heralds a new monthly event in Sri Lanka’s capital city thanks to Fairway Colombo hotel and the historic Hospital Street in the Dutch Hospital Precinct.
For art lovers visiting Sri Lanka, the Art Space online gallery is a terrific curation of the country’s best artists across the full gamut of disciplines, including paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs.
The Deccan Chronicle in India has published a lengthy review of a book that celebrates the life and times of celebrated Sri Lanka painter and poet George Keyt (1901–1993).