Love depicted sans brushstrokes
K alasuri Jayasiri Semage will hold an exhibition of his line
drawings at the Semage Art Gallery, Mount Lavinia from March 14 to 31.
The line drawings will depict love and different aspects of village life
in Sri Lanka.
All artists express their feelings and ideas by using brushstrokes on
a canvas or drawing something on an art paper. They do it the way they
want without any restrictions and inhibitions. They usually do not worry
about their styles because it evolves naturally during the process of
For instance, world famous Michael Angelo completed his Monalisa
painting using oil on canvas. Similarly, Picasso vividly depicted love,
lust, and similar feelings on a large canvas giving free reign to his
expressions. The unknown painters who created immorttal pieces of art in
Ajantha and Sigiriya used various colours and lines to give life to
their paintings. As a result, we still enjoy viewing these creations.
Kalasuri Jayasiri Semage wonders why those artists did not want to
use lines to express their feelings. He himself created his paintings
using brushstrokes on canvases. His creations ranged from village
scenes, historical Buddhist paintings, love, compassion, loving kindness
and lust. All these creations appeared on canvases. He used oil
painting, acrylic and water colours to please his spectators. Like all
world famous artists, Kalasuri Jayasiri Semage also experiments with his
paintings from time to time. His latest craze is to depict love, lust,
and other human feelings using only lines.
The line drawings are bound to create a sensation among art lovers
because he has used his inherent talents following the accepted norms of
traditional art. For instance, his line drawings will be augmented with
Liyavel, Liyapota, Arimbu, ancient flowers, birds, rhythmic lines and
ancient murals found in temples.
A keen observer of these line drawings will realise that his line
creations embrace a host of other artistic traditions coming down to us
from time immemorial. His lines invariably end up in the creation of
beautiful flowers, leaves, or other designs. Such creations are very
unlikely to come from any other artist because his line drawings are
unique to himself.
drawings of this nature can only be created by somebody who meditates on
his art. Semage has spent a long time meditating on what he was going to
create without using paint and brush. Like a hermit he has allowed his
thought processes to continue creating more and more designs.
This kind of dedication and concentration can come only from an
artist who has spent many decades using his talents to create something
An artistís mind is a mine of creations. If properly used, an artist
can create something new from time to time. However, what happens most
of the time is that artists confine themselves to a particular art genre
without trying to evolve something new. In this respect, Kalasuri
Jayasiri Semage is always in the forefront.
Semage does not see anything wrong in depicting seminude women amply
described in Sandesha Kavyas. If a poet can create the beauty of a woman
using only words, why cannot an artist depict the same beauty on the
The current exhibition will be an eye-opener to those who cling on to
Victorian morals in the 21st century.