vibrant women in motion
By D.B. Kappagoda
Iromie Wijewardena's forthcoming art exhibition to be held at the
Harold Peiris Gallery from August 5 to 8, can be considered a landmark
in her career. Her paintings include oils, mixed media and line
drawings showing the direction she has taken in the contemporary
the present series of paintings numbering 30, she explores her favourite
theme - women and their multifaceted lifestyles. She explains that
what she tries to do is to depict the transformation of the village
women to breadwinners, giving them recognition for their contribution
this object in mind, she has portrayed women in different poses
using vibrant colours. The figures she has painted move in a rhythmic
manner in the form of a dance.The backgrounds contrast with the
colours used to portray the women.
secret of Iromie's success as an artist lies in the manner in which
she composes her figures outlining them either standing or seated.
She uses bright colours to achieve the desired effect.
in Pink", "Flames and Rhythm", "The Dancer"
and the Bread Winner series - "The Vendor", "Tea
Break" and "Water Melons Galore" are some of the
paintings which portray aspects of Iromie's country women. That
they are different to the women living in towns is clear. Iromie
shows the beauty and grace of the feminine form in the elongated
figures in different poses, representing pure emotion.
style in which the figures have been executed highlights the beauty
of the feminine figure. The light spills into the corners of the
pictures bringing life to figures, says Iromie.
figures are not mere images but symbols of emotion like the gypsy
woman holding her child, giving us the idea of motherly love. The
palmyrah trees in the corner suggest the location of the scene.
Her aim is to express the beauty of women under different circumstances
using the spectrum of colours.
is subtle sensuality in her style of painting the faces of women.
Expressive colours dominate all her canvases and will no doubt capture
the eye of the connoisseur.
of colours and feelings
This exhibition titled "Ethnic Splendour" is an inspiration
of exquisite antiques, local religions and the varying colour and
feel of different cultures that the artist Shanila de Alwis, has
placed against backgrounds of exotic textured surfaces.
paintings are an expression of her feelings reunited with a fusion
of her favourite colours. For Shanila, painting has always been
a personal language of expression and a form of meditation.
held her first solo art exhibition at the Lionel Wendt in 2000.
Having graduated from the Malaysian Institute of Art in 2003, Shanila
is now a fulltime artist.
for Shanila is not work, it is something she loves doing and which
gives her an immense sense of satisfaction and wellbeing. Amongst
her many achievements is the Gold Medal for the "Best Fine
Arts Student for 2003".
she is as fun loving as anyone of her age, Shanila says that "discipline
and hard work always pays off in whatever you do in life. It has
always worked for me."
latest exhibition of art will be held on August 7 and 8 at the Lionel
Wendt Gallery from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
back memories of yesteryear
'The Prisoner's Song', an evening of entertainment will be held
on August 6 and 7 at the Russian Cultural Centre. The show is presented
by the Inner Wheel Club of Colombo Mid Town.
singers Bosco Fonseka, Denzil Perera, Clifford Richards, Kevin Francke,
Shamindra and Suhardhini Perera and Shenali Peiris will take the
stage to give their renditions of perennial favourites like Delilah,
Banks of the Ohio, Green Green Grass of Home, Jail House Rock etc.
musical backing for the show will be by Indrani Wijesundara on piano,
Nihal de Silva on drums, Premila Perimpanayagam on violin, Mervyn
Mendis on saxophone and Prasad Fernando on bass, all members of
Friends in Harmony.
show is produced by Nazli Zuhyle who has several past successes
such as 'Among My Souvenirs', 'Family Harmony', 'Songs to Remember'
and 'Alphabetically Yours'. Proceeds will go to the worthy cause
of rehabilitating prisoners.
are available at the Russian Cultural Centre and the Lanley Paint
Centre, 419, Galle Road, Colombo 3.
the dry zone comes alive
By Ishani Ranasinghe
"Each footpath which leads through the trees
carries a great memory of a man." These are the thoughts of
the Red Indian Chief Seattle and those of Kosala Priyam Kumara who
attempts to show this through his paintings.
titled 'My Dry Zone', Kosala explains that his latest paintings
are woven around the landscapes of the dry zone. "Living in
the city, I felt that there was a certain enchantment in Anuradhapura,
Vavuniya and the areas in between when I visited them," says
this artist who is an undergraduate at the Institute of Aesthetic
Studies of the University of Kelaniya.
inspiration from the works of European and other impressionists,
he says, these artists experimented with new ideas. Having held
his first exhibition in VAFA Gallery in1999, over the years Kosala
has also had many group exhibitions and a few awards to his name.
choice of medium for his paintings varies from oil on canvas to
mixed media and acrylic, but all his paintings have a life of their
own. His paintings have focused on different areas such as rivers,
paddy fields, footpaths, and abandoned railway tracks, all from
the dry zone.
my paintings I have focused on making the onlooker realise the changes
the dry zone undergoes during the rainy season," says Kosala
adding that he visited all the places he has painted. Kosala's exhibition
will be held at the Thambapani Gallery from August 7 - 31 from 11.00
a.m - 11.00 p.m.
and talented, they entertained the audience
The Young Performers' concert held at the EOE Pereira Theatre,
in Peradeniya recently was absolutely delightful. All the participants
were under 19 and the standard of the individual/group performers
concert was lengthy but varied. The repertoire included a Japanese
dance, folk dances, Bharatha Natyam, modern and classical instrumental
and vocal works and poetry.
talent of these young performers is undeniable, the pianists and
dancers being particularly impressive. The experienced adjudicator
Professor Tim Scott decided to make the following awards:
Kandy Music Society Performer of the Year award went to Namali Premawardhana
for her piano solo and special awards were given to Renushi Perera,
Chamithri Ranatunga, Dhanushya Amaratunga, Jason Samuel, Dakshith
Samaraweera and the dance group.