SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2012 A Different Road, Hempel Galleries @ Lionel Wendt Gallery Colombo, Sri Lanka
2011 Red and White, Department of Fine Art University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka
2008 Day 2 Day, Theertha Exhibition Season, Theertha Red Dot Gallery, Sri Lanka
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 ‘Becoming’ Colombo Art Biennale, JDA Perera Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2010 Theertha@1 Shanthiroad Gallery, Bangalore, India
2009-10 Theertha International artists’ Residency Exhibition, Theertha Red Dot Gallery, Colombo,
2009 Theertha Art-Works on Paper, national Art Gallery, Maldives
Colombo Art Biennale, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Red Dot Design Show, Theertha Red Dot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2005 Contemporary Sri Lankan Art –Ten Artists, Millesgarden Museum, Lidingo, Sweden
2004 Urban and the Individual, Fenomenal Space Gallery, Sri Lanka
2009 Khoj International Artist’s Workshop, Patna, Bihar, India
2008 Theertha International Artists’ Workshop, Kandy, Sri Lanka
2009-10 Theertha International Arts Artists Residency, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2011 Commonwealth connections International Arts Residencies, one Shanthi Road, Bangalore , India
2005-07 BFA (painting), Beacon House national University, Lahore, Pakistan
2003-04 2-year course in Graphic Design, National Design Centre, Sri Lanka
2000-03 3-year course, Vibhavi Academy of Fine Art, Sri Lanka (Studio based art education)
2011-present Assistant Lecturer (on contract) in Art & Design University of Jaffna Sri Lanka
2007– 2011 Member of Theertha International Artist Collective Colombo Sri Lanka
‘A Different Road’ at the Lionel Wendt Gallery | 24th & 25th of November 2012 | 10am – 6.30pm
Following his recent solo show in Jaffna at the University of Fine Arts, Pradeep is back in Colombo doing a solo show with Hempel Galleries at the Lionel Wendt.
Featuring brand new works, this exhibition is a skillful embodiment of the frenetic energy of impressions of living in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
Thalawatta recently completed an impressive giant installation as part of a residency in Bangalore entitled ‘Inner Circle’. Prior to this, his participation as part of the 2012 Colombo Art Biennale ‘Becoming’ was received with extreme interest and enthusiasm.
Commenting on CAB, C.R. Constantine says: “Most of the art works by Sri Lankan artists were very impressive. Notably Pradeep Thalawattas’ Jaffna experience brought some of the important and striking features of Jaffna”.
Pradeep Thalawatta, born in 1979 grew up in Ratnapura with his first art education at the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan where he received a BFA degree in 2007. At present he is an assistant Lecturer in Art & Design University of Jaffna Sri Lanka and a member of the renowned Theertha Artist Collective, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Born in 1972, Pothupitiye Acharige Somapla commonly known as Pala Pothupitiye, received his art education at the Visual and Performance Art University at Colombo. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree majoring in sculpture in 2002. Coming from a background of traditional craft artists and ritual specialists, he incorporates and reinterprets certain material and philosophical contents of traditional art in his work.
A thoughtful, sophisticated, subtly political artist, Pothupitiye has established himself as a vital exponent of ‘90s trend’ Sri Lankan art. He confronts the compelling political issues raised by the war in Sri Lanka and brings certain repressed questions to the canvas and art objects. He extends these issues, raising new, imperative questions – both by the content and form of his work. Questions like caste, which engage with a singularly Sri Lankan problem; and those like the distinction between art and craft, tradition and modernity, which should compel anyone committed to finishing the critique of eurocentrism.
Pothupitiye became the Best artist of the year and received the First Palace in Sculpture at the State Art Festival in Sri Lanka in 2003. In 2005 he participated in the 3rd Fukuoka Triennial at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museumin Japan. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Jaffna in Sri Lanka. Since 2002 he is associated to Theertha International Artists’ Collective in Sri Lanka. At present he is living and working in Mullegama, Colombo, and runs an art and craft workshop supporting a set of younger artists.