Weekend of Sri Lankan art – ‘Art at the Fest’

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By 2017-01-10

Leo Burnett Sri Lanka, the local office of the global advertising network Leo Burnett Worldwide,will present the eighth edition of Leo Art, the agency's in-residence art programme for local artists, at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival from 12- 15 January at the Fort Printer's Hotel. The preview will be inaugurated by Minister for Law and Order and Southern Development, Sagala Ratnayaka. This edition of Leo Art is powered by Mastercard, who has been at the forefront of promoting creativity in Sri Lanka. Rocell who has introduced to Sri Lanka an exemplary collection of floor and wall tiles also joins Leo Art as a partner.

To celebrate the launch of the 8th edition of Leo Art, renowned Sri Lankan author Nayomi Munaweera residing in the US will read an extract from her latest book titled 'What lies between us' at the preview.

The 8th edition of Leo Art will feature:
lJ.C. Rathnayake: Born in Polonnaruwa in 1978, JC holds a BFA (HON) in Printmaking from the University of Visual and Performing Arts (UVPA) in Colombo. A lover of abstract art, JC has been a part of the Leo Art initiative since its inception and is an award-winning artist, renowned for his paintings. He believes that Leo Art has given great opportunity to artists to showcase their skills to the world.

lSanjeewa Kumara: Born in 1971 in Colombo is a visiting lecturer for visual art at Kelaniya University. He holds an MFA from the Netherlands and held many solo exhibitions, in leading capitals of the world. In 2015, he was a finalist for the prestigious 2014-2015 Sovereign Asian Art Prize. He loves the fact that paintings do not limit a person and that it does not start from reality. He believes that this is what makes it so unique.

lSanjaya Senavirathna: Born in 1977, Sanjaya is a graduate of the University of Visual and Performing Arts. Sanjaya believes that art is based on love and this thought made him want to become an artist in the first place. His objective is to motivate people through his abstract paintings to start loving spiritual things in life.

lSusil Senanayake: Born in 1979, holds a BFA (Hons) Painting Special from the University of Visual and Performing Arts. Abstract paintings has been Susil's passion ever since he was a small boy and the appreciation of his work since this time by those around him is what made him pursue his dream of becoming an artist.

lVajira Gunawardena: Currently a visiting lecturer at the University of the Visual and Performing Arts, Vajira holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Institute of Aesthetic Studies at the University of Kelaniya and a Diploma of Product Design (Leather Design) from the Designing Department of the Cottage and Textile Industry.

lPrageeth Rathnayake: Born in 1976, Prageeth is a graduate BFA Special (Paintings First Class) from the University of Visual and Performing Arts. A Set Designer at Rupavahini Corporation, he feels that initiatives such as Leo Art have to continue to uplift the Sri Lankan art industry.

lDileepa Jeewantha: Born in Galle in 1980, Dileepa holds a Higher Diploma in Multi-Disciplinary Design from the National Design School in Moratuwa, a Diploma in Graphic Design, a Diploma in Multimedia and a Certificate Course in Painting from VAFA Colombo. He believes that Leo Art is an essential part to develop and uplift the Sri Lankan industry.
lChiranthi Gunasekara: Born in 1978, Chiranthi, an Art Teacher at Horizon College, Malabe is a graduate with a BFA (First Class Honours) of the University of Performing Arts. She also has a Diploma in Buddhism from the Buddhist & Pali University and learnt the trade of a Traditional Artist at the National Museum.

lChamila Gamage: Born in 1978 and currently a set designer at Rupavahini Corporation,graduated with a BFA Special (Sculpture) from the University of Visual and Performing Arts. He has also followed the Painting and Sculpture Course at Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts and a Graphic Design Course at the Ingrin Institute of Printing and Graphics.

lDep Thushara: Thushara believes that the human body is an expression of the true internal conflict that arise in the human mind. The collection of human contours in his paintings represents the struggle to live in a world made routine by animalistic instinct to survive. Inspired by Marcell Duchamp and Francis Bacon, Art has been Thushara's passion ever since he found a way to express himself. He specializes in paintings and sculptures.

Leo Art is an artists-in-residence programme which was initiated by Leo Burnett to foster creativity in art. It provides young Sri Lankan artists with spaces to express their creative ideas. These artists also have the opportunity to collaborate with agency teams on commercial projects. Through Leo Art the artists and their work can be seen and appreciated by a larger audience. Leo Art has progressively grown over the years since it was launched in 2008. Last year, 'Leo Art – Strokes at the Mews' was hosted at Park Street Mews as part of Leo Burnett's 81st Global Anniversary Celebrations featuring the work of 19 artists. The success of Leo Art at the Mews resulted in the Galle Literary Festival inviting Leo Burnett to showcase Leo Art at the Festival.

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