• Living Sculpture

    2004, Performance / Photo Series

  • Living Sculpture

    2004, Performance / Photo Series

  • Colombo Art Biennale: Conceiving Space

    2016, JDA, Perera Gallery, Colombo | Still-Move-Space: The Timeless Order of Nature | Strings, Seats, Coins and Cloth, 9 min Video

  • Skin of White Tea Bags

    2003, Performance, 3 min 17 sec

  • 2016, JDA, Perera Gallery, Colombo | Still-Move-Space: The Timeless Order of Nature | Strings, Seats, Coins and Cloth, 9 min Video

  • Seeing

    2016, Mixed Media on Paper, 42 x 59 cm

  • Untitled II

    2016, Mixed Media on Paper, 59 x 56 cm

  • She II

    2008, Mixed Media on Paper, 61 x 53 cm

  • Tinted Narratives XI

    2010-13, Print on Paper, 30 x 45 cm

  • Untitled

    2010, Oil & Acrylic on Canvas, 139 x 99 cm

  • Untitled IV

    2013, Mixed Media on Paper, 30 x 40 cm

  • Untitled VI

    2013, Mixed Media on Paper, 30 x 40 cm

  • Body of the hidden temple III

    2016, Mixed Media on Paper, 36 x 26 cm

  • Untitled I

    Mixed Media on Paper,150 x 80 cm

  • Untitled

    2011, Mixed Media on Paper, 40 x 50 cm

SUJEEWA KUMARI b. 1971

Sujeewa Kumari holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Kelaniya in Colombo, and completed her studies at the Dutch Art Institute in the Netherlands. She began explored her experimental spirit as a female contemporary artist. Within her early body of works the artist expresses her point of view as a woman in Sri Lanka, focusing on her female identity in the contemporary art scene and society based on her experiences, and her research on the concept of post-colonial identity discourse. In her most recent artworks Kumari comes to terms with de-realized memories derived by history, tradition and daily life reality, to formulate a compelling artistic synthesis of cultural images. Her body of work varies from new media techniques as digital photograph collages, video installations and performance, however she is most recognized for her mixed media drawings. In every medium she is following a surrealist tradition to open her dreamy realistic cosmos to the viewer. In her subtle elegant style, Kumari combines thin lines and fluid ink washed clouds with detailed portraits, everyday objects and symbols, together they form dreamy light translucent layers and structures on the paper. In favor of a magic realism, she evolves a distinct mystic appearance to refer to her memories, hidden desires and a spiritual self-discovery of historical constructed identities of “self” and “other”. The spectator is encouraged to discover these hybrid images, invoking an empathy with the presented contemplative strangers and think about one’s own place in Kumaris enchanting oeuvre.

Education

2004 MFA, Interdisciplinary Research Visual arts and Media, Dutch Art Institute, Netherlands
2002 Diploma, Aki Academy of Fine Art, Netherlands
1998 BFA, Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Performance Presentation – Obliteration | Nallur Hindu Tamil girls school, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
2016 Performance Presentation – Obliteration | Galle Town Hall, Galle, Sri Lanka
2014 Tinted Narratives |  Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2012 Forgotten Dream | Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2010 Project Space | Lichfield Passage, Wolver Hampton Art Gallery, UK
2004 Performance Presentation – Living Sculpture | Gampaha Train Station, Gampaha, Sri Lanka
2003 Performance Presentation – Skin of the White Tea Bags | Netherlands
2002 Mixed media works | Barefoot Gallery 706, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2002 Aki Academy of Fine Arts | Netherlands
2000 Paradise Road Galleries | Colombo, Sri Lanka

Group Exhibitions  (Selected)

2016 Colombo Art Biennale: Conceiving Space | Colombo, Sri Lanka
2015 UVPA 10 th Anniversary Show Visual Art Exhibition | JDA Perera Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2014 India -Sri lanka Artist week art exhibition | Taj Samudra Hotel Sri Lanka
2014 Decorated emergency | Breese little Gallery | London -UK and Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo
2013/14 Garden of Eden | Shalini Ganendra Fine Art, Malaysia
2013 Temporary Permanence: Contemporay Art from Sri Lanka | XVA Gallery, Dubai
2011 Art of Change | Commonwealth Club Gallery London, UK
2011 Sri Lankan. Contemporary. Female | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2011 Contemporary Art From Sri Lanka | Asia House, London, UK
2010 Between Kismet and Karma | South Asian Woman Artists Respond to Conflict, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
2010 Artful Resistance: Crisis and Creativity in Sri Lanka | Serendib Gallery Colombo & Museum der Weltkulturen, Galerie 37 Frankfurt, Germany
2009 Colombo Art Biennale | Colombo, Sri Lanka
2009 Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2008 Artful Resistance: Crisis and Creativity in Sri Lanka | Serendib Gallery Colombo & Museum of Ethnology Vienna, Austria
2008 Recent Developments in Contemporary Sri Lankan paintings | Gallery Art Korner, The Netherlands
2007/08 PostcART | Galle and Kooii Gallery, Hokandara, Sri Lanka
2007 Where, What, Who, When and How | Barefoot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2006 Feb | Barefoot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2005 The Cross Art Projects, Sydney, Australia
2004 Luggage | Nanjing Art Institute, Nanjing, China
2003 Visva Karma | Kulturforum Rheine, Germany and Netherlands
2001 Two Man Show  Hivos, DenHaag, Organized by Gate Foundation Netherlands
2001 Art Affairs | Galerie für Internationale Kunst, Germany
2001 Hope and Introspection | De Witte Kamer, Deldon, Netherlands
2000 Two Person Exhibition | Academisch Ziekenhuis, Nijmegen The Netherlands
1997 Space-1997 | Alliance Francaise Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2017 Lankan Art To Feature At The Renowned Edinburgh Fringe
2016 Colombo Art Biennale: Conceiving Space | Colombo, Sri Lanka
2014 Tinted Narratives | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2013/14 Garden of Eden | Shalini Ganendra Fine Art, Malaysia
2011 Sri Lankan. Contemporary. Female | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2010 Project Space | Lichfield Passage, Wolver Hampton Art Gallery, UK
2014 Tinted Narratives | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2014 Decorated emergency | Breese little Gallery | London -UK and Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo
2013/14 Garden of Eden | Shalini Ganendra Fine Art, Malaysia
2011  Sri Lankan. Contemporary. Female | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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