AN EXHIBITION OF THE WORK OF LAKI SENANAYAKE
Laki Senanayake: an artist who works in many fields and has become one of the focal figures of Sri Lankan creative art. The son of well-to-do planters, the seventh of eight children, he grew up first in Colombo and then in rural Sri Lanka where his father was the leader of a resistance movement to British imperialism. After his father’s sudden death, Laki Senanayake’s mother was elected the first woman Member in Sri Lanka’s first independent parliament. In his youth he worked with the important artists and designers of the time, such as Ena de Silva and Barbara Sansoni, the leading architects, like Valentine Gunasekara, Geoffrey Bawa and Ulrik Plesner, landscape designer Bevis Bawa, and thinkers and writers as Reggie Siriwardena and Kuru Gunawardena. His work represents the richness of Sri Lankan life and experience in a matching diversity and richness of expression. His art ranges from abstract to natural, from Surrealist to Cubist, in media that range from silkscreen to batik and digital art.
His spontaneous approach to drawing, subjects and techniques have outraged convention many times, and repeatedly served as a liberating influence on the younger generation. Single-minded, witty and musical, the outrageous frankness of some of his nudes and his delight in the animal in nature have caused scandal for years. In 1978-9 he designed a complete set of Sri Lankan currency notes which achieved world-wide recognition for their distinctive beauty, a fame culminating in their being awarded first prize in the international Exposition of Numismatics at the Paris Bourse held in 1984, and one being used on the cover of an authoritative book on the currencies of the world
This exhibition is a presentation of his work, in the hope that a wide audience may appreciate his extraordinary achievements.
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