Artist's Statement

My current works share a few visual traits with a trend that emerged with the art of the 90s, which is called ‘Political Kitsch’. I began to work with kitsch material taking them as a particular system of knowledge production to intervene with contemporary social issues of Sri Lanka, especially in response to the war that ended in 2009 and the populist rhetoric that bolstered the idea of ‘war’. In this work, my attempt is to capture the plight of the Tamil refugees that had to spend in refugee camps after the war and the apathy of the public in the south of Sri Lanka to this situation – apathy of the south to the suffering of the Tamils affected by the last days of the war. Here the ‘barbed wires’ are made to look ‘pleasant’ by illuminating them from inside, as if it is trying to hid its sinister reality.


Koralegedara Pushpakumara
Sri Lanka

1968, Born in Kandy, Sri Lanka
Lives and works in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Education

2012	Presently Following MA (Art History) postgraduate institute of Archeology, University of Kelaniya. Sri Lanka
2003	Diploma (archeology) postgraduate institute of Archeology, University of Kelaniya. Sri Lanka
1997	BFA (Painting and Sculpture) institute of Aesthetic studies, University of Kelaniya. Sri Lanka.

Work Experience

2000	A founder member theertha international artist collective
1992	Set Designer – Theater, Prodution Designer

Solo Exhibitions

2014	Red Dot Gallery, Borella, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2013	Hempel Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
2009	Red Dot Gallery, Pitakotte, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
2006	Bare foot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2005	Finomenal Space Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2004	Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2002	Bare foot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2000	Kandalama Hotel, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
2000	Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1997	Heritage Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Group Exhibitions Participation (Selected)

2014	Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2013	Visual Arts Projects Hong Kong and The Hempel Galleries, Sri Lanka
2011	No, 1 Shanthi Road Studio Gallery Bangalore India.
2010	Artful Resistance ‘traveling Exhibition, Curated by Sylvia S Kasprycki.
2009	Works on Paper, Presented by National Art Gallery of Maldives.
2005	“Contemporary Sri Lankan Art”, Museum of far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, Sweden
2004	“Exhibition of paintings and sculpture”, Gallery 71, Galle fort, Galle, Sri Lanka.
2004	“Urban and the individual”, Fenominal Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2004	“Aham Puram”, Public Library, Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
2001	1st “VASL” International Art Exhibition, Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2001	REFLECTIONS ’’Four Artists ’’ An Exhibition of Painting, Indian Cultural Centre. Colombo, Sri Lanka
2000	“A New Visual Vocabulary in Contemporary Sri Lanka Art”, Volspark, Enschede, The Netherlands
2000	“Four Artist” Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2000	‘’An Art Exhibition for Peace and Reconciliation’’, Gallery 706, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2000	‘’Four Artists’’ Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture The Havelock Place Bungalow Colombo, Sri Lanka
1999	“No Order Group” Exhibition and Declaration of the Manifesto VAFA Gallery Ethul Kotte, Sri Lanka
1999	3rd International Art Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Art Biennale (Selected)

2014	Colombo Art Biennale “Making History” Colombo, Sri Lanka
2012	Colombo Art Biennale “Becoming” Colombo, Sri Lanka
2009	Colombo Art Biennale “Imagining Peace” Colombo, Sri Lanka
1999	9th Asian Art Biennale, Gallery of Silpakala Academy Dhaka Bangladesh

Awards

2001	Best Set Design State Drama Festival, Sub Committee Sri Lanka Arts Council Sri Lanka
1999	State Awards Festival 2nd Place for Installation & Sculptures, Sri Lanka
1999	State Awards Festival 1st Place for Painting, Sri Lanka
1999	Best Set Design State Drama Festival, Sub Committee Sri Lanka Arts Council, Sri Lanka
1998	Best Set Design State Drama Festival, Sub Committee Sri Lanka Arts Council, Sri Lanka
1997	Best Costume Design State Drama Festival, Sub Committee Sri Lanka Arts Council, Sri Lanka
1997	Best Set Design State Drama Festival, Sub Committee Sri Lanka Arts Council, Sri Lanka
1996	Best Set Design State Drama Festival, Sub Committee Sri Lanka Arts Council Sri Lanka
1996 	State Awards Festival of Painting & Sculptures, Merit for Painting, Sri Lanka 1995 Youth Services Council Award Festival, 1st Place for painting, Sri Lanka.
1994	"Madya Rupa” Award ceremony (Poster Designs)