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‘Expressions of Sri Lanka’ , an exhibition of figurative art by Jayantha Silva will be held at the American Center till June 11. Around 45 paintings, both black and white images and colourful sketches will be exhibited.

Jayantha’s stint with the brush and paints began from childhood.

He had won many awards and certificates for his talent. At one particular competition he even clinched the first, second and third prizes. That was when veteran artist Mudliyar Amarasekara noted him and offered him a scholarship at his art school.

Jayantha firmly believes that his skills is inborn. Therefore he did not learn art under a teacher. He took to commercial art and built a name in the Advertising sector. After the lapse of a few years he decided to return to his childhood pastime and try his hand at painting once again.

The results were astounding. It was like he had never stopped and he was soon able to showcase collections of paintings at exhibitions from 2003. Titled ‘Expressions’ the series continued for years as Jayantha showcased new works annually.

Using the mediums of acrylic, soft pastel, charcoal and colour pencil Jayantha had captured the expressions and gestures of people. His subjects are universal.

On his passion he says, “It is a tremendous satisfaction watching figures materialise on a sheet of paper in front of me. Creating art can transport you to another world. For me this has become a very addictive and rewarding ritual. I am glad that so many others enjoy the result of this self indulgence.”

 

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