Recent Posts

  • LT ARTicle #1 2012 | Ex Libris Artist by Saskia Fernando

    There is a fair bit of history behind the artist’s love affair with literature and books. In the 19th century artists illustrated for authors as a side job and then in the 20th century, artists’ work was published, moving the focus from the text to the visual compositions within the pages of these books. Such limited edition books were better known as the livre d’artiste. Quite simply published art now refers to printed work by artists, either on a wider or limited edition scale.

  • The Incomplete Thombu | A review by Josephine Breese

    Artist T. Shanaathanan's work stands to evade this blockage with projects dedicated to the persecution and displacement of the Tamil people of Northern Sri Lanka. Shanaathanan's practise is broadly akin to that of a social anthropologist and activist, but channelled through heavily evocative draughtsmanship, installation art and as a senior lecturer of History of Art at the University of Jaffna. Shanaathanan returns to an imaginary notion of the elemental grounding of 'home', following its theft from this part of the country during the civil war.

  • LT Magazine, March 2014 | CAB 2014 by Sanjana Hattotuwa

    And that in a nutshell was CAB for me – a patchwork of artists, who with varying fidelity to the theme ‘Making History’ showcased a diverse spectrum of art that ranged from the extremely compelling, insightful and political to the “I could have done that when drunk and sold it as art” type installations and wall-hangings.

  • THE WHITE REVIEW | Sri Lankan Contemporary Art

    SRI LANKA HAS DEVELOPED A THRIVING, VITAL CONTEMPORARY ART SCENE OVER THE PAST TWENTY YEARS. NEW ARTISTS ARE EMERGING TO COMPLEMENT THE WORK OF THEIR PREDECESSORS, WHO BLAZED TRAILS IN THEIR EMPLOYMENT OF NOVEL, OFTEN CONTROVERSIAL, MODES OF PRACTICE. YET CONTEMPORARY ART REMAINS FIRMLY OUTSIDE THE MAINSTREAM IN SRI LANKA, SUPPORTED BY A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND THE EFFORTS OF A HANDFUL OF INDIVIDUALS, UNIVERSITIES AND GALLERIES.

  • LT ARTicle April 2012 | The 43 Group(ies) by Saskia Fernando

    The 43 Group is the name of a collective who have now become synonymous with the development of art in Sri Lanka. They have been accredited with changing the trends of their time and paving the way for what is now internationally recognized contemporary art from Sri Lanka.

  • KALAA KATHAA PREVIEWS | SUTRA BY NUWAN NALAKA

    Nuwan Nalaka’s compelling works float between the temporal and the spiritual, remaining in neither. Instead they are always on the move—always becoming. Every painting carries a visible or invisible destination, suggesting a grand ending—be it in the sky, behind a mountain, or a in a mystic form lurking through a thicket.