• Glitch

    Exhibition, Saskia Fernando Gallery, 2016

  • Nine men, incarcerated and mouthless

    2015, Mixed Media Sculpture

  • Meta Physique

    2015

  • Grey Series

    Monotony, 2015

  • Drawings

    2012

  • Glitch White Flag

    2016, Acrylic on Canvas, 51 x 76 cm

  • Glitch I

    2016, Mixed Media on Canvas, 120 x 160 cm

  • Camouflage – thorns – Lotus (triptych)

    2016, Pigment Ink on Canvas, 90 x 270 cm

  • Victor?

    1997, Oil on Canvas, 90 x 70 cm

  • Lotus Zone

    2015

  • Weapons

    2014, Ink on Paper, 29.7 x 21cm

  • A RETROSPECTIVE, Chandraguptha Thenuwara 2009 Exhibition, Saskia Fernando Gallery

  • Monotony, 2015

  • Passion Parade- Vigil and Other Works

  • These are Not White Flags 2016, Enamel on Fiberglass, Dimensions Variable

b. 1960

Chandraguptha Thenuwara holds a Master in Philosophy of the Institute of Archeology of the University of Kelaniya Colombo, as well as a Master of Fine Arts with Honors of the Moscow State Art Institute. Chandraguptha Thenuwara is an artist cum activist whose entire body of work is dedicated to his plight to expose political corruption in Sri Lanka. In 1997 he began a series of work titled Barrelism in response to the change in the cityscape of Colombo during the war; the work focused on the use of the barrel as an object used in construction that transformed into an object used for obstruction. Thenuwara’s work is made up of the juxtaposition of objects and witty paronomasia’s that he continuously exhibited even during a time when Sri Lanka’s freedom of speech was strongly inhibited. The artist has moved from Barrelism on to Camouflage, Neo-Barrelism, Dhammapada, Post-Barrelism, BeautificationElectric Chair for Sale and most recently Glitch. His series of work often transform themselves to represent the current times using transformations of symbolism the artist used to illustrate a previous state of affairs. In his 2016 exhibition titled Glitch the works presented were an abstract presentation playing on the malfunction of contemporary politics and society represented in canvas paintings hidden within the pixelated linear paintings of glitches.

 

Education

2005-06 M. Phil, Postgraduate Institute of Archeology, University of Kelaniya, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1985-1992 Masters of Art with Honors, Moscow State Art Institute named after Surikov, Moscow, Russia
1979-1981 Bachelor of Arts, Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Kelaniya, Colombo, Sri Lanka


Solo Exhibitions

2016 Glitch | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2015 Electric Chair for Sale |  Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo
2015 Chandraguptha Thenuwara | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2014 Drawing Series | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2014 Monotony | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2013 Beautification | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo
2012 The Monument and Other Works | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2012 Thorn & Other Images | Hivos, 16 Raamweg, Den Haag, Netherlands
2011 The Wall and Other Works | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo Sri Lanka
2010 Vigil and Other works | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2010 Black Paintings & Other Works | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2009 Post-Barrelism: Erasing Camouflage | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2008 Dhammapada & Other Works | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2007 Neo-Barrelism | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2006 Wall of Death & Other Works | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2006 Barrelism: Camouflage | Maroondah Gallery, Victoria, Australia
2004 Camouflage and Other Works | VAFA Gallery, Ethul Kotte, Sri Lanka
2001 Recent Paintings | Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1999 Camouflage|  VAFA Gallery, Ethul-Kotte, Sri Lanka
1998 Barrelism. Recent Works | The Heritage Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1997 Barrelism & Other Works | The Heritage Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1995 In Spacetime | The National Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1995 Drawings | The Union Gallery, Izhevsk City, Republic of Udmurtia, Russia
1992 The City Gallery, Izhevsk City, Republic of Udmurtia, Russia
1992 Moscow Paintings, The National Art Gallery, Colombo,Sri Lanka
1991 Retrospective of Paintings | Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1983 Paintings & Drawings, |Soviet Cultural House, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1978 First Exhibition, Samudra Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

 

Group Exhibitions

2016 Disambiguation, curated by Saskia Fernando | Art Dubai 2016, U.A.E
2015 Shadow Scenes: Cinnamon Colomboscope | conceptualised and implemented by EUNIC which consists of the Goethe Institute (German Cultural Centre), Alliance Francaise de Kotte and British Council with partners, the European Union.Title partner is Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, Rio Cinema, Colombo
2015 The Present: Colombo-Bangalore | Shanthamani Muddaiah & Chandraguptha Thenuwara, organised by National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru, Ministry Of Culture, Government of India in collaboration with India-Sri Lanka Foundation, National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru, India
2015 Colombo-Bangalore | Chandraguptha Thenuwara & Shanthamani Muddaiah, J.D.A.Perera Gallery, Colombo 7
2012 Drawings by Chandraguptha Thenuwara & Jagath Weerasinghe | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2012 Drawings by Chandraguptha Thenuwara & Jagath Weerasinghe | Breeze Little Gallery, London, UK
2011 Contemporary Art From Sri Lanka | Asia House, London, UK
2010 Visual Responses During the War: Selected Artists Works | Lionel Wendt Gallery & Harold Peiris Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2009 Imagining Peace | Colombo Art Biennale, Park Street Mews, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2009 One Year Drawing Project | Devi Foundation, New Delhi,  India
2009 One Year Drawing Project  SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre), UTAC (Uni. of Toronto Art Centre) University of Toronto, Canada
2008 Big in Falkirk  Scotland National Street Arts Festival, Falkirk
2007 Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
2007 The National Museum of Poznan, Poland
2006 Common Goods | Melbourne Museum, Melbourne, Australia
2003 Un-commemorative Commemoration | VAFA Gallery, Kotte, Sri Lanka
2003 Artists for Peace | Charles Hall, Batticaloa, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka
2002 John Moores University, The University of Art Collection Gallery, Liverpool, UK
2002 Art Peace | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2002 Moving Collection, Japan
2001 Theertha International Artists Workshop | Barefoot Gallery, Sri  Lanka
2000 Art Exhibition for Peace & Reconciliation | Neelan Thiruchelvam Commemorative Programme, 706 Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1999 1st Asian Art Triennale (The 5th Asian Art Show) | Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
1999-2000 Cities on the Move | KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art,  Helsinki, Finland
1999 Third International Artists’ Camp Exhibition | National Gallery, Sri Lanka
1999-98 Cities on the Move | Hayward Gallery, London, UK/PS1  Gallery, New York
1998-99 Cities on the Move | Louisiana Museum, Denmark/CapsMusee, Musee d’art contemporain de Bordeaux France/Vienna, Secession, Austria
1998 Khoj Artists Workshop Exhibition | Modinagar, New Delhi,  India
1998 In Dependence | Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri  Lanka
1997 The 1st Annual Exhibition of VAFA | The National Art  Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1996 Women in Art | The Mount castle Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1995 7th Asia Pacific Biennial | Dhaka, Bangladesh
1994 The National Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1993 The Academy of Arts, Moscow, Russia
1992 International Symposium on Open-air Sculpture, Izhevsk City, Russia

 

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Glitch | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2015 Electric Chair for Sale |  Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo
2015 Chandraguptha Thenuwara |  Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2014 Drawing Series | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2012 The Monument and Other Works | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2011 The Wall and Other Works | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo Sri Lanka
2008 Dhammapada & Other Works | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

 

Group Exhibitions

2016 Shadow Scenes: Cinnamon Colomboscope | conceptualised and implemented by EUNIC which consists of the Goethe Institute (German Cultural Centre), Alliance Francaise de Kotteand British Council with partners, the European Union. Title partner is Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, Rio Cinema, Colombo
2015 The Present: Colombo-Bangalore | Shanthamani Muddaiah & Chandraguptha Thenuwara, organised by National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru, Ministry Of Culture, Government of India in collaboration with India-Sri Lanka Foundation, National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru, India
2012 Drawings by Chandraguptha Thenuwara & Jagath Weerasinghe | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo,  Sri Lanka
2012 Drawings by Chandraguptha Thenuwara & Jagath Weerasinghe | Breeze Little Gallery, London, UK
2011 Contemporary Art From Sri Lanka | Asia House,  London, UK
2010 Visual Responses During the War: Selected Artists Works, Lionel Wendt Gallery & Harold Peiris Gallery,  Colombo, Sri Lanka
2017 From the Beginning, I am against the War | Lanka News Web
2017 GLITCH + By Chandraguptha Thenuwara  | The Sunday Leader
2016 Chandraguptha Thenuwara: The End of Fear“ | OPEN Magazine
2015 Look back at Sri Lanka’s violent past to make sense of the present | scroll.in
2015 Commonwealth People’s Forum | Malta
2015 Art Asia Pacific – Almanac 2015 | Hong Kong
2014 Colombo’s changing cityscape | The South Asianist Blog
2014 Drawing Series“. Press Release | Art Forum, New York, United States
2014 Monotony: An Art installation | YAMU, Colombo
2014 At the Turn of the Centuries: Art and Politics in Sri Lanka | Seismopolite – Journal of Art and Politics, Trondheim, Norway
2013 Beautification. A Highly Ironical Title for an Immensely Provocative Exhibition | Sri Lanka Guardian, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2013 Beautification (broadcast by Vikalpa.org)
2013 Beautification: An exhibition by Sri Lankan artist Chandraguptha Thenuwara | World Socialist Web Site, The International Committee of the Fourth   International (ICFI)
2013 Chandraguptha Thenuwara and Jagath Weerasinghe ‘DRAWINGS’ in London and Colombo, Review by Maggie Gray | Third Text
2013 Remembering Sri Lanka’s Black July | BBC, London, UK
2012 Two artists from the emerging South Asian art region bring cities together in one rare showing of drawings | artradarjournal.com
2012 The Monument and Other Works (broadcast by Young Asia TV)
2012 Interview with Chandraguptha Thenuwara | University of Visual and Performing Arts, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2012 Interview with Chandraguptha Thenuwara | Faculty of Visual Arts, Colombo, Sri Lanka, broadcast by Young Asian Television
2012 Memories in the form of Monuments and Lines… Chandraguptha Thenuwara | Boondi Lexicon – English Blog for Sri Lankan Literature, Arts and Politics, Sri Lanka 
2012 Art, Politics and the “Becoming”‘: The State of Art and Art Practices in Sri Lanka Today | Transcurrents.com, Sri Lanka
2011 Sri Lankan Contemporary Art | The White Review, London, UK
2009 “Post- Barrelism: Erasing Camouflage”
2008 Chandraguptha Thenuwara ‘Spaces Giving Shade: Art as shelter from political turmoil & the function of alternative arts education in Sri Lanka lecture of the artist | The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
2007 Under siege! – The artist as a chronicler of local realities | Sunday Times, Colombo
2006 “Common Goods: Cultures meet through craft” | South Project Residency Programme, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
1999 A superb exhibit on militarism. Camouflage: An exhibition of paintings and etchings by Chandraguptha Thenuwara | World Socialist Web Site, The International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI)
1999 A conversation with Sri Lankan artist Chandraguptha Thenuwara | World Socialist Web Site, The International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI)
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