A veteran of romantic art turns to historic themes

He has created exceedingly beautiful damsels for lovers of romantic art. He brought to the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery those village beauties with seductive well formed contours. As a matter of fact, he has been always searching for new horizons. Now, he has brought something totally different to us—historical themes.

An exhibition by Jayasiri Semage, the renowned Sri Lankan artist, who has managed to register his identity in the minds of art lovers both nationally and internationally is on today (August 8) at the Lionel Wendt.

Having his roots strongly in the classical Ajanta-Sigiri tradition, he has become a maestro of lines. At the same time he has not been reluctant in catering to the cosmopolitan tastes of the Western- educated art connoisseurs.

Some of his paintings display an aesthetic blend of Eastern and Western styles, yet not betraying his own originality.

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