Priyantha Weerasooriya

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Priyantha Weerasooriya

PRIYANTHA WEERASOORIYA b. 1979

Born in 1979 in Nitambuwa, Sri Lanka, Weerasuriya attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Colombo and, while working an artist in Sri Lanka , he had a series of exhibitions in Colombo between 2002 and 2005 at Barefoot, the Harold Pieris and the Lionel Wendt Gallery.

He has been commissioned by several major hotels in Sri Lanka and a series of panels was bought by the Australian High Commission.  Weerasuriya moved to London in 2006 to continue studies at St Martins College of Art in London. He subsequently exhibited at the Noble Sage Gallery, Finchley and participated in the Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery Competition 2008 where a number of his works were acquired. In these more recent paintings, he utilised handmade paper as a medium with oil pastel and charcoal. Priyantha Weerasooriya acquired a Diploma in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins London and works predominantly with mixed media on rice paper. In this exhibition the artist presents a series of portraits of Prince Siddhartha; his portraits are a statement against traditional representations. Adorned with jewels and brightly coloured clothing the portraits are contrasted a flatly depicted face, representative of the calm and serene that lay within his subject. Unlike conventional paintings of the Buddha which tend to use traditional colours such as gold, he chooses different colours and it was this change of style which attracted attention. Throughout his work, Priyantha Weerasooriya wants the viewer to more readily understand who Buddha was and reflect on what his life means while he himself embarks on a personal journey of discovery.

 

Education                  

2006                Foundation Fine Arts Painting Diploma | Central Martins, London.
   

 

Solo Exhibitions (Selected)

2017 'Tradition and Divergence from India | The Noble Sage @ Camden Image Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2010 The Framers Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2010                   Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery Autumn Exhibition, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2010                         Jeannie Advent Gallery, Dulwich, United KIngdom
2009                    The Noble Sage Art Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2008 Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery Autumn Exhibition, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2007 Ashburnham Arms, London, United Kingdom   
2006 Suriya Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2005 Suriya Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2004 Harold Peiris Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2003 Phenomenal Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2002 Crescat Boulevard, Colombo, Sri Lanka
   

 

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