Another side of the "OtherSide"
Paintings, sculptures, instalments, dances, mimes, instrumental
music, photography; art in its many unorthodox concocts. Another side is
shown by the "OtherSide". A display of ingenuity to awe the audience
conducted by Phoenix Ogilvy's will take place at the Barefoot Gallery on
August 25 and 26.
The "OtherSide" was launched, in 2000. "OtherSide" is as much a
"Preservation of sanity". Through the year "OtherSide" has revealed the
true faces of master artists, who with this recognition have gone on to
marking a niche in their respective fields of art.
The staff of the agency proved that being two faced all the time is
not a bad thing. That is the essence or the spirit of "OtherSide". To
make this "OtherSide" exhibition live and creative many artistic
masterpieces were show cased at the media conference which was held
The creativity of a person's talents may combine with other subjects
such as meditation, philosophy etc. In a busy society where pressure
leads the people to drown in there own aims and goals has brought about
the near extinction of the creative side. "OtherSide" understood this
and decided to make a difference by opening the stairway for the people
to unmask their hidden talents.
During my time with these various artists, I was able to gather their
marriage to creativity, innovation a freedom which has proven the
success of their stewardship with the event. Namal Jayasuriya an Art
Director said since his childhood the passion he had towards painting
was immense. Namal's paintings were generally inspired by real life.
He displayed his talent with the mediums water colour and painting in
acrylic on canvas.
Aruna Kahadauwaarachchi is also a senior Art Director and his other
side is as a realistic painter. He told the Sunday Observer that he is
comfortable with surreal ideas based on the theme "finding what is
beyond time and space". Adding, Aruna said though his favourite medium
is oil canvas, practising varieties of different styles was shown in his
Basil Cooray is none other than a self made artist. Basil exploits
the medium of water colour modernly to present Sri Lanka's rural life in
refreshing manner. His journey in world of art has made him a renowned
During my evening with these design experts I realised or rather
found out that the agency staff is more packed up with Art Directors.
Anyhow, Gamini Abeykoon was the next Art Director I came across.
Gamini's art technique is line drawing. The design for the 2005 Buddha
Jayanthi stamp and Sir John Ambulance service 100 year commemoration
stamp were among his major achievements.
The "OtherSide" captured moods and expressions going beyond their
extremes to present the creativity in various perspectives. Inspiring
the talented artists to achieve the utmost in the world of ingenuity.