• 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, Sri Lanka
 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, China
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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