Artist Chaminda Gamage goes for another solo exhibition of his paintings and drawings. The exhibition commenced on June 16 and will be kept open for public until June 26 at the Barefoot Arts Gallery, Colombo. Chaminda who always does something new, this time has selected postcards for his drawings and paintings as opposed to train tickets last time.
Speaking with Nation, Chaminda said that his paintings purely represented the people, environment, the objects which we daily transact or live with. “I draw because I have a message to convey to the society. I transform my message into drawings or paintings and then it can be a direct, symbolic or ambiguous expression,” he said.
He also said that this exhibition speaks about the landscape of Sri Lanka. “Though we live in a beautiful land, most of us do not find a moment to entertain it. For example, a postman who rides a bicycle to deliver a postcard sees the country’s landscape daily in all the seasons at different stages. But, he does not have time to enjoy it. That is why, I selected postcards to draw paintings on,” Chaminda said.
Chaminda Gamage, a product from Ananda College, Colombo was known to the country when he was awarded the State Award for the most outstanding painter of the year in 1996. Since then, he has held several solo and group exhibitions locally and internationally. He is also a founder member of Colombo Artists; a recognized meeting point of artists in Sri Lanka.
Chaminda has also been awarded several times for his work for commercials and he is also an academic who completed his Masters degree (MA) and the Master of Philosophy (M.phil) after he graduated from the University of Kelaniya in 2000. Chaminda invites all art lovers to witness the country’s landscape through his pencil at the Barefoot Gallery till June 26 daily from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm. The exhibition will open today at 11.00 am and closes at 5.00 pm.