Semage set to storm Oman
Kalasuri Jayasiri Semage has been invited by an organization of
Sinhala expatriates in Muscat, Oman to display his oeuvre along with
several other painters. This is his first art exhibition to be held in
Oman. The artists taking part in the exhibition too are Sri Lankans
working in Oman in various capacities.
accepted the challenge of painting for a different segment of
art lovers in Oman. I have no difficulty or unwillingness to
change my style of painting if it really matters. An artist
should be able to face such challenges from time to time,
As guest artist at the exhibition Kalasuri Jayasiri Semage will
display some of his paintings done in oil on canvas and acrylic. The 20
paintings he is planning to display will have a distinct Sri Lankan
flavour. The exhibition will be held from April 22 to 25 in a famous art
gallery in Muscat.
Mr and Mrs Semage will be the star attraction at the exhibition that
will be attended by a host of foreign ambassadors, their staff, artists,
Sri Lankan expatriates and art lovers. The keynote address will be
delivered by Kalasuri Jayasiri Semage on this occation. Newspapers in
Oman have already given wide publicity to the event because of its
What is more, in view of the prevailing cultural ethos in Oman and
other Middle Eastern countries, Kalasuri Semage will have to fall in
line with their thinking.
For instance, Semage has been compelled to change his style of
painting in such a way not to expose the human body with sensual brush
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This means he will not be able to depict bare-bodied women engaged in
various activities in rural areas of Sri Lanka. The authorities in Oman
have already asked him to submit photographs of the paintings for
approval before the exhibition. This might be a novel experience for
Kalasuri Jayasiri Semage who has held several successful exhibitions in
many parts of the world.
I have accepted the challenge of painting for a different segment of
art lovers in Oman. I have no difficulty or unwillingness to change my
style of painting if it really matters. An artist should be able to face
such challenges from time to time, Semage said.
My paintings have appealed to art lovers in Malaysia, Singapore,
Switzerland, Finland and Japan because of their Sri Lankan identity.
I am always prepared to cater to the needs of art lovers in Middle
East countries where cultural norms are different from those of ours,
said Kalasuri Jayasiri Semage who has been hailed as a cultural
The forthcoming art exhibition to be held in Oman will be another
landmark for Kalasuri Jayasiri Semage who has risen from a humble
newspaper illustrator to an internationally acclaimed Sri Lankan
Without resting on his laurels he has sought new avenues to reach out
to the art world at large not forgetting that he is essentially a Sri