By Vinuri Perera Wildlife photographer Rajiv bore an interest in animals and wildlife since his younger days. Rajiv has been exposed to wildlife from a very young age through his parents who took him to Horton Plains National Park from the time he was three months old. He was interested in observing all manner of creatures at his place, from geckos to ...

Following three successful seasons this year, Colombo Fashion Week now focuses on prepping Sri Lanka’s emerging fashion talent to reach great heights. At two recently held workshops – Making the Cut and CFW Day at Raffles Design Institute – fashion students and aspiring fashion designers were able to engage with the CFW Team as well as established designers who were ...

Shamanthi majored in English at the university of Colombo, it was while waiting for her university entrance that her career in graphic designing began. Shamanthi has been painting since she was three and attended an art class for almost as long as her school career, it was after Shamanthi received a job at a design firm that her talents in ...

Q| How was the dynamic of working with an architect and a constitutions educationist to put your curatorial vision across? A| Deeply fulfilling. Both brought their own perspectives to the project, complementing my vision of what I wanted to see with their own experience and insights. Channa’s interpretation of Asanga’s original research, and Asanga’s work around placing in context key ...

Artwalk which began in 2008 was initiated by Anjuli Flammer Caldera. Anjuli tells us that Artwalk starters platform to bridge the gap between graduate students and recognized artists. Artwalk was her attempt to end the cyclic nature of influencive recognition the arts, in order to allow a platform for recognition for artists to emerge. A special feature of Artwalk is ...

Q| What is the most interesting fact about your poetry collection ‘Love and Protest’? A | ‘Love and Protest’ which won the Gratiaen Prize for this year was the only collection that wasn’t published by me. In fact, it was a small-scale publisher interested in the arts who published it. I find this interesting, as ‘Love and Protest’ wasn’t pre ...

Q | How did the Galle Literary Festival take form? A | It all started almost a decade ago when I was asked to conduct an event in England for the Sri Lankan government in 2006. Unwilling to organize a Sri Lankan food Festival which I was first requested to carry out, I suggested a Sri Lankan Literary Festival, hoping ...

Ena de Silva was one of a group of designers who were closely associated with the architect Geoffrey Bawa during the 1960s and who would later exert a profound influence on the lifestyle and self-image of the people of Sri Lanka.  The group initially included the weaver and colourist Barbara Sansoni who established a weaving company called ‘Barefoot’, the artist ...

When Lionel Wendt, a talented photographer and pianist, returned from England, after studying law, his house became a meeting place for artists, to whom he became a patron. The walls of his house were covered with the paintings of his friends and proteges, not to mention his own photographs. His grand piano dominated the space. In 1943 a germ of ...

The launch of Collector’s Desk took place at Saskia Fernando Gallery on the fourth of December which addressed a gathering of art collectors, enthusiasts and corporates The inspiration for this platform came from interviews conducted on ARTRA magazine Feb/Mar e16 with two of our leading contemporary artists, Muhanned Cader & T. Shanaathanan. They clearly stated a need for more communication ...

Wildlife photography can be one of the most challenging and rewarding fields of photography. A photograph has the power to convey a million messages, stir emotions and spark conversations. Sadhina Abeysuriya is a wildlife photographer who has a personal relationship with the wild, where photography for her is not just about capturing endangered animals and their aura, but an endeavour ...

Having first debuted at CFW two years ago, Heshan is the designer behind 2202, a line of menswear. Heshan studied fashion retail management at The Art Institute in Washington, D.C., USA and completed his final year of his undergraduate degree at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. “2202 has a signature aesthetic of colour blocks and geometric shapes. 2202 retails in ...

Sanjaya Geekiyange graduated from the University of Visual and Performing Arts majoring in Sculpture. He studied metal sculpturing and with time, he realized that everyone does iron sculpturing, so he decided to take on Copper as a medium. During his learning curve, he read through piles of books related to science to educate himself about copper and how to evoke ...

Rajni Perera, Sri-Lankan born artist residing in Canada, had her first exhibition in Sri Lanka at Saskia Fernando Gallery in August. Her exuberance coupled with her artistic philosophy and style caught our attention. Rajni’s work is thought provoking and dynamic as her multicultural  background contributes greatly to an East-West dialogue of ideas concerning immigrant identity issues, female sexuality, science fiction ...

Cinnamon Colomboscope concluded on a high note on the 30th of August at Rio Cinema in Slave Island. Incepted in 2012, Colomboscope revolved around talks and literature, but this year, the  organizers added Visual Art as a primary  component to showcase Colombo in different perspectives from both local and international professional artists under the title  ‘Shadow Scenes’. Curated by Menika ...

Laki Senanayake is a well renowned artist who infused his creative senses in painting, sculpture, architecture, screen printing and batik. A jack of all traits, one may call him, is truly an inspiration to those who hope to impact many artistic spheres. Laki, who was born in 1937, belongs to the generation of artists that emerged in the 1950s. He ...

Anjalendran, David Robson and Dominic Sansoni,  esteemed professionals who have been synonymously associated with the subject of architecture, be it research, photography, architectural work, drawings or articulation, recently published The Architecural Heritage of Sri Lanka (AHSL) – Measured Drawings from the Anjalendran Studio. On the Preface of the book, Robson succinctly captures the essence of AHSL by describing it as ...

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