Art Moves on Marine Drive | Sunday Observer

Art Moves on Marine Drive

The Global Gallery & Café on Marine Drive will open a lineup of rarely seen but well-known artists’ works in the field of fine arts, crafts and music commencing February 8.

The featured prominent artists are:

Mihiri Devendra -had her art education furthered at Chitrakala Parishad –Bangalore and is representing the special collection featured under the umbrella of the Semman brand, featured by ‘The Thinnai’ Jaffna – The project funded by ‘The Thinnai’ designed towards uplifting the community in and around Jaffna by showcasing a range of products made by the skilled hands of the Northern Province’s craftsmen and women. The designs used for many of these unique products have been created exclusively for Semman, to establish uniqueness and identity for the brand. They are refreshingly different and use a blend of traditional materials unique to the North as well as modern materials.

Noeline Fernando - of Cora Abraham Art Classes fame has spent most of her years as a teacher at prestigious places such as St. Bridget’s Convent, Ladies’ College, Colombo and SOS Village Children’s Homes. She had also the privilege of attending Open Studio Classes in Life Drawing at the Heatherly School of Fine Arts in Chelsea, UK.

Sampath Amunugama - holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Archaeology from the University of Kelaniya and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Institute of Aesthetic Studies. He has held many exhibitions both here and abroad, and is at present the Art teacher at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia.

Prasad Abu Bakr - also a product of the Cora Abraham Art Classes and better known as a Travel/Photo Journalist, has evolved as an artist creating collage images that can be described as ‘off the beaten track’ as a result of combining his childhood talent to paint. Also, his recent ability is to capture scenic images behind the lens, creating stunning images by combining the two techniques that had caught on within the local art market and won the praise of art lovers.

Premaratne Badugodahewa (Pictures currently not available) - who has created a niche as an excellent Sculptor will showcase some of his unique pieces of sculpture at this exhibition. He is a Graduate of Fine Arts from the University of Colombo, who later obtained a Doctorate from the Milan Academy of Art in Italy.

The bistro type ‘Global Café’s novel project is an idea of leading hotelier, NirmoThambapillai, CEO/General Manager and Chairman, Phylix Selvadurai.

The exhibition featuring the work of these artists can be viewed at the Global Gallery & Café from February 8 to 28, 10 am to 10 pm daily during restaurant hours.