• IN-BETWEEN XXX

    2018, Acrylic on Paper, 73cm x 101cm

  • IN-BETWEEN XXXIII

    2018, Acrylic on Paper, 74cm x 101cm

  • IN-BETWEEN XXXVI

    2018, Acrylic on Paper, 37cm x 50cm

  • IN-BETWEEN IV

    2019, Acrylic on Canvas, 234cm x 304cm

  • N-BETWEEN II

    2018, Acrylic on Paper, 101cm x 73cm

  • IN-BETWEEN IX

    2018, Acrylic on Paper, 73cm x 101cm

  • IN-BETWEEN XXXVIII

    Acrylic on Paper, 51cm x 72cm

  • IN-BETWEEN XXXXIII

    2018, Acrylic on Paper, 51cm x 72cm

  • UNTITLED VI

    2018, Steel, 19cm x 10cm x 12cm

  • UNTITLED II

    2018, Steel, 21cm x 19cm x 15cm

  • SOLDIER AFTER DUTY II

    2018, Steel, 274cm x 78cm x 46cm

  • UNTITLED II

    2018, Steel, 21cm x 19cm x 15cm

  • UNTITLED XV

    2018, Ink on Paper, 21cm x 14cm

  • IN-BETWEEN XXXXII

    2018, Acrylic on Paper, 51cm x 72cm

KINGSLEY GUNATILAKE b. 1951

Kingsley Gunatillake is a painter, an installation artist and a book artist. His formal training includes a BFA from the Fine Art University of Colombo and a diploma in Environmental Education from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in 1994. Gunatillake is currently a visiting lecturer on the faculty of Visual Arts of the University of Visual and Performing Arts in Colombo. He has had several solo exhibitions in Sri Lanka, the UK, the Philippines, Ireland, Scotland, and India. He has also participated in many group exhibitions and international artist camps both in Sri Lanka and abroad, most recently in France, the UK, Japan, Pakistan, India and at the Seongnam International Art Fair in Korea. Gunatillake has also been the recipient of a number of national awards since 1980 as well as international awards from both Czechoslovakia and Japan. Gunatillake’s painting, sculpture and installations can be found in many local collections, including the Sri Lankan Presidential Collection of Contemporary Art. He currently works out of his studio in Kandy.

Kingsley Gunatillake perceives abstraction as the most perfect mode of artistic expression.  Despite his admiration, the artist identifies his grapple with the style as highly complex and challenging, regarding his creative process as a duty that must be fulfilled to the best of his ability.  Gunatillake suggests his method as similar to that of a poet in his lyrical and carefully structured work, aligning ideas and experience with colour and form. Gunatillake’s objective is to maintain a quiet and clear, but strong, approach.  He forgoes the easel, as the Abstract Expressionists, in particular his role models Jackson Pollock and H. A. Karunaratne, one of Sri Lanka’s most senior Sri Lankan abstract artists, preferring to spread paper on the floor and work from above.  Currently Gunatillake uses rollers, sticks and even his hands – anything but a brush – to paint, dropping colours and letting them fall naturally, relinquishing conventional control over the process.

 

Education

1994 Environmental Education, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
1979 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

 

Solo Exhibitions

2019 ‘In-BETWEEN’ | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2017 ‘Finding Space’ | Paradise Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2011 Book Art Exhibition | The British Council, Kandy, Sri Lanka
2009 ‘Inventive Landscap’e | Painting Exhibition, Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2007 ‘Year Planner’ | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
2006 ‘Mushrooms’ | Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2006 Pruned Exhibition of Charcoal Drawings | Alliance Francaise de Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2006 Pruned Exhibition of Charcoal Drawings | Alliance Francaise de Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka / Alliance
2006 ‘Displaced’ | Indi Art Gallery, Pune, India
2006 ‘Displaced’ | Trinity Chapel Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2005 ‘Displaced’ | HW Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2004 ‘Bath’ | Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2003 ‘Anduna’ | VAFA Gallery, Ethul Kotte, Sri Lanka
2001 ‘Fragrance of Lemon Yellow’ | Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1998 Visual Art – Paintings and Installations for Environment | Sponsored by the British Council, Sri Lanka
1998 ‘Year Planner’ | Alliance Francais de Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka
1997 ‘Displaced’ | Jorge B. Vargas Museum, Manila, Philippines
1997 ‘Displaced’ | S M Mega Mall, Manila, Philippines
1994 ‘Life of a Candle’ | Jordan Hill Campuê, Uriversity of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
1986 Exhibition of Paintings | Alliance Francais de Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka
1986 Exhibition of Paintings | Oberoi Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1981 Visual Art Exhibition | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

 

Group Exhibitions

2019 Shades of Black and White | J.D.A Perera Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2018 7+1 Exhibition | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2018 Human Rights Exhibition | JDA Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2018 Saskia Fenando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2017 ‘K K’ Exhibition | Fugentei Gallery, Kumamoto, Japan
2016 Street Art-Plex | Kumamoto, Japan / University of the Visual and Performing Arts, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2016 Department of Sculpture Exhibition | JDA Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2016 Department of Painting Exhibition | JDA Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2016 ‘Reading Room’ | Winchester School of Art, Winchester Gallery, Winchester, UK
2015 ASO, Kumamoto, Japan
2015 ‘Art-Plex’ | Kumamoto, Japan
2015 ‘GENESIS’ | SOJO Gallery, Kumamoto, Japan
2014 ‘Serendipity Revealed’ | Brunei Gallery, London, UK
2014 ‘Reading Room’ | TARQ, Mumbai, India
2014 Works by Sri Lankan Artists | Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2014 ‘Making History’ | Colombo Art Biennale, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2014 ‘Serendipity Revealed’ | CAP PROJECT SPACE, Hong Kong, China
2013 ‘Colomboscope: Identities – A Visual Engagement’ | Park Street Mews, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2013 ‘Temporary Permanence’: Contemporary Art from Sri Lanka | XVA Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2013 Sri Lankan Contemporary Art & Design | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Galle Fort, Sri Lanka
2013 ‘The Spirit of Forms’ | Dhoomimal Art center, New Delhi, India
2013 ‘The Spirit of Forms’ | Korean Cultural Center, New Delhi, India
2013 ‘Identity’ | Park Street Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2013 Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2012 ‘Nirja Moody’ Workshop & Exhibition | Jaipur, Rajastan, India
2012 Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2011 Contemporary Art Sri Lanka | Asia House, London, UK
2010 SOJO Art Gallery, Kumamoto, Japan
2010 Visual Response During the War | Lionel Wendt Gallery and Harold Peris Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2009 ‘Colombo Art Biennale: Imagining Peace’ | Park Street Mews, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2009 Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2009 Ghandhara Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2008-09 Exhibition of Crisis and Ethnic in Sri Lanka | Museum of Ethnology, Vienna, Austria
2008 Human Rights Day | Barefoot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2008 VAFA Faculty Show | Lionel Wendt Gallerey, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2008 ‘Colombo-Lahore’ Exhibition | Ejaz Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
2007  ‘Expression of Independence’ | Mona Bismarck Foundation, Paris, France
2007  Post Art Exhibition | Kooii Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2007  Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2007  International Painters’ Residency Exhibition | Red Dot gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2007  Colombo Artists | Lionel Wendt, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2005 Tsunami Exhibition | Faculty of Visual Arts, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2004 Stairway Gallery, Hotel Thilanka, Kandy, Sri Lanka
2004 NOMA Exhibition of Children’s Books and Illustrations, Japan
2004 Usher Gallery, Lincoln, UK
2003 ‘Serendipity’ | October Gallery, London, UK
2003 ‘Gangsy’ | New Delhi, India
2000 Gallery Duemila, Mega Mall, Manila, Philippines

 

Solo Exhibitions

2019 ‘In-BETWEEN’ | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2017 ‘Finding Space’ | Paradise Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2011 Book Art Exhibition | The British Council, Kandy, Sri Lanka
2009 ‘Inventive Landscap’e | Painting Exhibition, Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2007 ‘Year Planner’ | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
2006 ‘Mushrooms’ | Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2006 Pruned Exhibition of Charcoal Drawings | Alliance Francaise de Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2006 Pruned Exhibition of Charcoal Drawings | Alliance Francaise de Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka / Alliance
2006 ‘Displaced’ | Indi Art Gallery, Pune, India
2006 ‘Displaced’ | Trinity Chapel Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2005 ‘Displaced’ | HW Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2004 ‘Bath’ | Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2003 ‘Anduna’ | VAFA Gallery, Ethul Kotte, Sri Lanka
2001 ‘Fragrance of Lemon Yellow’ | Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1998 Visual Art – Paintings and Installations for Environment | Sponsored by the British Council, Sri Lanka
1998 ‘Year Planner’ | Alliance Francais de Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka
1997 ‘Displaced’ | Jorge B. Vargas Museum, Manila, Philippines
1997 ‘Displaced’ | S M Mega Mall, Manila, Philippines
1994 ‘Life of a Candle’ | Jordan Hill Campuê, Uriversity of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
1986 Exhibition of Paintings | Alliance Francais de Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka
1986 Exhibition of Paintings | Oberoi Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1981 Visual Art Exhibition | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Group Exhibitions

2019 Shades of Black and White | J.D.A Perera Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2018 7+1 Exhibition | Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2018 Human Rights Exhibition | JDA Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2018 Saskia Fenando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2017 ‘K K’ Exhibition | Fugentei Gallery, Kumamoto, Japan
2016 Street Art-Plex | Kumamoto, Japan / University of the Visual and Performing Arts, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2016 Department of Sculpture Exhibition | JDA Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2016 Department of Painting Exhibition | JDA Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2016 ‘Reading Room’ | Winchester School of Art, Winchester Gallery, Winchester, UK
2015 ASO, Kumamoto, Japan
2015 ‘Art-Plex’ | Kumamoto, Japan
2015 ‘GENESIS’ | SOJO Gallery, Kumamoto, Japan
2014 ‘Serendipity Revealed’ | Brunei Gallery, London, UK
2014 ‘Reading Room’ | TARQ, Mumbai, India
2014 Works by Sri Lankan Artists | Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2014 ‘Making History’ | Colombo Art Biennale, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2014 ‘Serendipity Revealed’ | CAP PROJECT SPACE, Hong Kong, China
2013 ‘Colomboscope: Identities – A Visual Engagement’ | Park Street Mews, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2013 ‘Temporary Permanence’: Contemporary Art from Sri Lanka | XVA Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2013 Sri Lankan Contemporary Art & Design | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Galle Fort, Sri Lanka
2013 ‘The Spirit of Forms’ | Dhoomimal Art center, New Delhi, India
2013 ‘The Spirit of Forms’ | Korean Cultural Center, New Delhi, India
2013 ‘Identity’ | Park Street Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2013 Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2012 ‘Nirja Moody’ Workshop & Exhibition | Jaipur, Rajastan, India
2012 Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2011 Contemporary Art Sri Lanka | Asia House, London, UK
2010 SOJO Art Gallery, Kumamoto, Japan
2010 Visual Response During the War | Lionel Wendt Gallery and Harold Peris Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2009 ‘Colombo Art Biennale: Imagining Peace’ | Park Street Mews, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2009 Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2009 Ghandhara Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2008-09 Exhibition of Crisis and Ethnic in Sri Lanka | Museum of Ethnology, Vienna, Austria
2008 Human Rights Day | Barefoot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2008 VAFA Faculty Show | Lionel Wendt Gallerey, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2008 ‘Colombo-Lahore’ Exhibition | Ejaz Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
2007  ‘Expression of Independence’ | Mona Bismarck Foundation, Paris, France
2007  Post Art Exhibition | Kooii Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2007  Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2007  International Painters’ Residency Exhibition | Red Dot gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2007  Colombo Artists | Lionel Wendt, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2005 Tsunami Exhibition | Faculty of Visual Arts, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2004 Stairway Gallery, Hotel Thilanka, Kandy, Sri Lanka
2004 NOMA Exhibition of Children’s Books and Illustrations, Japan
2004 Usher Gallery, Lincoln, UK
2003 ‘Serendipity’ | October Gallery, London, UK
2003 ‘Gangsy’ | New Delhi, India
2000 Gallery Duemila, Mega Mall, Manila, Philippines

 

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