A glimpse of Richard Gabriel’s galaxy:  

The Alliance française de Kandy will hold an exhibition of paintings of Richard Don Gabriel from 27th of June to 7th of July 2014 on its premises, located on 240/2 Peradeniya Rd, Kandy. The exhibition will be declared open by Mr. Michel Treutenaere, Counselor on Cooperation and Cultural Action of the Embassy of France, on the 27th of June at 6:30 pm.

Payyagala Baduge Richard Mansuetus Don Gabriel, known as Richard Don Gabriel, is the only member of the famous “43 Group” who is still alive. He celebrated his ninetieth birthday on 19th of February 2014 at Melbourne, Australia, where he lives with his daughter and son-in-law. He joined the “43 Group” when he was 19 years old and was very close to Ivan Pieris and Harry Pieris, but he always developed his own style, vigorous and  so rich in colors: his figures are generally tubular to a certain extent with a sculptural form. They evolve in a rhythmic pattern which is a characteristic apparent in his compositions. As a Roman Catholic, his faith inspired him to represent religious scenes and he painted murals in different churches and seminaries over Sri Lanka.

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The paintings which will be exhibited at Alliance française de Kandy belong to the private collection of Shamil and Roshini Peiris and include traditional Sri Lankan scenes, religious paintings, etchings and wood cuts.