• SHIVA NATARAJAH, 2009, Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo

  • JAGATH WEERASINGHE, 2013, Untitled IV, Mixed Media on Board, 24cmx24cm

  • JAGATH WEERASINGHE, 2013, Untitled V, Mixed Media on Board, 24cmx24cm

  • SHIVA NATARAJAH, 2009, Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo

  • Snakes and Mics, 2006

  • Untitled XI, 2012, Pencil on Paper, 29 x 29 cm

  • A PremonItion of a Kind II

    2016, Acrylic Pen on Canvas, 50.5 x 50.5 cm

  • A Premonition of a Kind I

    2016, Acrylic Pen on Canvas, 50.5 x 50.5 cm

  • Untitled XVII

    2013, Mixed Media on Board, 29 x 29 cm

  • Dambulla

    2013, Acrylic on Canvas, 123 x 123 cm

  • Will the Sun Rise Tomorrow Maggy? VI

    2012, Acrylic on Paper, 29 x 29 cm

  • Celestial Violence II

    2008, Acrylic on Canvas, 72 x 100 cm

  • Untitled XI

    2013, Mixed Media on Canvas, 153 x 122 cm

  • Decorated

    2014, Breese Little Gallery, London

  • Decorated

    2014, Breese Little Gallery, London

  • Decorated

    2014, Breese Little Gallery, London

  • Decorated

    2014, Breese Little Gallery, London

  • Drawings

    2012, Breese Little Gallery, London

  • A Tale of Two Cities, 2016, Serendipity Arts Festival Goa | Goa, India


Jagath Weerasinghe holds a Master of Fine Arts from the American University in Washington DC. As a co-founder of the Theertha Collective and the moving force behind collaborations such as the Colombo Art Biennale, Weerasinghe has lectured on the local contemporary art scene internationally alongside his work as the Head of the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology. The combination of his work as an artist and archaeologist is evident in his works on paper. While he is more often identified by his dominantly black politically expressive canvases, his multitude of diaries with drawings, often completed on his travels for lack of space, expose a more intimate and romantic side to his political nature.



1991    Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting, American University, Washington D.C. , USA

1988    Conservation of Rock Art, Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, USA

1985    Conservation of Wall Paintings, International Center for the Scientific Study and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)

1981    Bachelors of Fine Arts. Honors in Painting (Second Class Upper Pass) Minor: Sculpture, Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Kelaniya,

Sri Lanka


Solo Exhibitions  (Selected)

2016    With or Without Me/aning | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2015    Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2014    Decorated  | Breese Little, London, UK

2014    Decorated | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2009    Shiva Nataraja | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2006    The Reading Room: Thousand Shivas and Thousand Mikes | Singapore Biennale curated by Fumio Nanjo, Sharmini Perira, Eugene Tan and

Roger McDonald, Singapore

2005    The Celestial Underwear | Phenomenal Space Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2004     Urban and the Individual | Group Show, Phenomenal Space Gallery, Colombo

2003     Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2000    (My) Inability of Painting Woman |  Gallery 706, Colombo, Sri Lanka

1997    Recent Paintings | Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka

1997    Yantragala and the Round Pilgrimage | Heritage Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

1995    Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

1992    Anxiety | National Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka


Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2016   Disambiguation, curated by Saskia Fernando | Art Dubai 2016, U.A.E

2016    Portraits of Resistance | India International Centre, New Dehli, India

2016    India Art Fair, New Delhi, India

2015    Cinnamon Colomboscope: Shadowscenes | Rio Hotel and Cinema, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2014    All Together Now! | Breese Little, London, UK

2014    Colombo Art Biennale | Colombo, Sri Lanka

2012    Drawings | Breese Little, London, UK

2012    Mediated (Data Art) | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2012    Colombo Art Biennale | Colombo, Sri Lanka

2011    Contemporary Art From Sri Lanka 2011 | Asia House, London, UK

2010    Visual Responses During the War: Selected Artists Works, Lionel Wendt Gallery & Harold Peiris Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2009    Artful Resistance: Crisis and Creativity in Sri Lanka | Museum fur Volkerkunde Wien, Vienna, Austria

2009    Designing Peace  Marian Pasat Roces, MCDA, Manila

2007    Theertha Red Dot Gallery, Sri Jayawardanepura, Sri Lanka

2005    Ten Artists from Sri Lanka | Milles Garden, Stockholm, Sweden

2004    Aham Puram | Jaffna Library, Jaffna, Sri Lanka

2002    Arts South Asia Show, Liverpool University Gallery, Liverpool, UK

1999    Asia-Pacific Triennial, Queensland Gallery, Queensland, Australia

1997    Dialogue, with Christa Webber, Gallery Mount Castle, Colombo, Sri Lanka

1996    Die Welt zu Gast, Spiel Bank, Dortmund, Germany

1994    4th Asian Art Show, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

1994    New Approaches in Contemporary Sri Lankan Art, National Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka




2017 Jagath Weerasinghe: Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Awardee 2017| KOHJ, International Artists Association
2017 Tale of Two Cities: Artists from India, Sri Lanka mine Varanasi, Anuradhapura for inspiration |First Post
2017 Portraits Of Intervention | Art Asia Pacific
2016 Goa’s Seredipity festival to celebrate diversity in art | The Hindu
2016 With or Without ME/aning. Exhibition by Jagath Weerasinghe | The Nation, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2016 This crumbling island: An artist’s view of the conflict in Sri Lanka | scroll.in
2016 A Brush with Colombo Artists | Daily News, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2015 Art Asia Pacific, Almanac 2015 | Hong Kong
2014 At the Turn of the Centuries: Art and Politics in Sri Lanka | Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics, Trondheim, Norway
2014 Jagath Weerasinghe: Artistic insights | Daily FT, Sri Lanka
2014 Two simultaneous exhibitions by Sri Lankan artists in London explore the idea of and    reactions to post-war Sri Lanka | artradarjournal.com
2013 Writing history artistically | The Hindu, India
2013 Thoughts, Strokes, Reflections – The Works Of Artist Jagath Weerasinghe | The Architect. The Journal of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects, Sri Lanka
2013 Perspective from an Artist/Academic by Jagath Weerasinghe | ATRA, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2013 Chandraguptha Thenuwara and Jagath Weerasinghe ‘DRAWINGS’ in London and Colombo | Review by Maggie Gray, Third Text
2012 Cultural Heritage and Shared Knowledge | Framer Framed
2012 ‘DRAWINGS’ Chandraguptha Thenuwara & Jagath Weerasinghe | Life Magazine,   Sri Lanka
2012 Two artists from the emerging South Asian art region bring cities together in one rare showing of drawings, artradarjournal.com
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 Art, War and Politics in Sri Lanka: an interview with Jagath Weerasinghe
2004 Aham Puram. Images of a ravaged culture | Sunday Times, Sri Lanka



2008 The One Year Drawing Project: May 2005 – October 2007
2006 1000 Shivas, Hand Painted Limited Edition Book

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