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J. D. A. Perera's forte was portrait painting

J. D. A. Perera had dimensional characteristics, but his speciality is portrait painting. His importance in the field of art was evident in both pre-independence (1948) and post phase of activity.


J.D.A. Perera doing a portrait of Premier S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike

Born in Gampaha in 1897 as a son of a Mudalali, he studied at both Ananda and Wesley Colleges in Colombo.

In 1931 he was responsible in making the middle hall of the Lankan 'Kalabhavana' in painting several works on the lines of traditional 'Jathaka Katha Potha'. This was collected by Sir D. B. Jayathilaka (1932) for a painting exhibition in England. He obtained a scholarship in 1946 and went to England. Eventually he became the Head of the Ceylon National Fine Arts Institution.

In 1949 facilities for painting and sculpture studies were limited at the Ceylon Technical College. And yet J. D. A. Perera broadened the space a little further and provided more facilities. As a follow up measure this particular section was shifted to the Heywood Institution at Horton Place, Colombo. There ended his illustrative career at the Institute.

J. D. A. Perera also staged 'Sri Sangabo', 'Vessanthara' and the like with refined presentation. [email protected]

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