UNO to honour Kalasuri Jayasiri Semage


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Kalasuri Jayasiri Semage
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Paintings by Kalasuri Jayasiri Semage will be exhibited at the United Nations Main Hall in Geneva from January 30 to February 8, the first time the works of a Sri Lankan artist to be displayed there.

The exhibition will be at the Hall, where art of painters like Pablo Picasso and Michelangelo have been displayed, was organised by Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Geneva, Prasad Kariyawasam, and the Sri Lankan Association of Geneva. It presents a rare opportunity to promote Sri Lankan art in Switzerland.

Semage has produced 50 new oil works especially for the exhibition, some of them depicting peace, prosperity and happiness. Sri Lankan village folk, their lifestyles and environment have also been featured.

At the inauguration of the exhibition, one of Semage’s paintings depicting Sri Lankan culture will be presented to the UNO for permanent display in the Mail Hall.

Semage has been accorded national honours and the titles of ‘Kalabhushana’ and ‘Kala Suri’ in recognition of his valuable contributions to Sri Lankan art. He has toured several countries in the past few months, holding exhibitions in Spain, Russia, Japan, Korea, Sweden and Thailand. Three recent exhibitions in Stockholm, Bangkok and Nepal have been widely acclaimed by media and connoisseurs of art.