Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP

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Press Release

This definitive exhibition offered a survey of current developments in Sri Lankan art and an overview of the country’s most prominent artists working today. As the first of its kind in the UK, the exhibition presented approximately 25 diverse examples of Sri Lankan artwork.

Contemporary Sri Lankan art is set against a complex cultural history. In the modern era, popular acclaim has largely rested on artworks and movements of the last century such as the highly renowned and influential 43 Group. This is partly due to scant criticism, literature and exhibitions of Sri Lanka’s creative output. Nevertheless, Sri Lanka has a radical and energetic contemporary art scene, which will be traced in this timely exhibition.

Participating artists included more established figures in Sri Lanka such as Muhanned Cader, Druvinka, Kingsley Gunatillake, Sanjeewa Kumara, Saskia Pintelon, Jagath Ravindra, Tilak Samarawickrema, Chandraguptha Thenuwara, Jagath Weerasinghe and Anoma Wijewardene, alongside prolific emerging artists Vajira Gunewardena, Dumith Kulasekara, Sujeewa Kumari, Prageeth Manohansa and Pala Pothupitiyie.

his exhibition moved from Asia House and continues at The Modern Pantry until 15 May

Contemporary Art From Sri Lanka is curated by Josephine Breese and Saskia Fernando. The exhibition is kindly supported by title sponsors John Keells Holdings and Kuoni, with thanks to Asia House, BSS, Visit Sri Lanka 2011, Dr and Mrs Mortimer Sackler and Amanresorts. All proceeds go to ACT.

Contemporary Art from Sri Lanka 2011 was a non-profit exhibition at Asia House. All artwork became available for sale on 12th March.

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