Semage to showcase artistic talents in Italy
Kalasuri Jayasiri Semage had to cover the aggressively sexy breasts
of the beauties he created before escorting them to Oman in keeping with
the moral standards of Middle-East. He volunteered to cover the shame of
Picasso's nudes to go with the local norms of cultured display of
Kalasuri Jayasiri Semage
This time he is going to tally Italy! Will he be fortunate to enjoy
all freedom to show every curve, exciting rhythms of movement (frozen of
course, yet almost ginger or even Wasabi, as he has just returned from
Japan!), enticing glances and suggestive gestures of village damsels he
is taking to Italy?
Italy is, undoubtedly, the most fertile ground for arts. No one
focussing on the development of Western art could afford to ignore the
contributions made by Italy. From the days of Etruscan art Italy has
been central for Western art, especially during the Renaissance.
Even in the modern period, Italy has been cradle for many new trends
in art, including Futurism, Metaphysicalism, Novecento Italiano,
Spatialism, Arte Povera and Transavantgarde being a few to mention.
And who can forget the world famous Italian artists such as
Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci?
They were afforded freedom, encouragement and recognition in their
motherland so their contributions could become priceless achievements to
the world of aesthetics. Italy is known for its art galleries and
museums frequented by art lovers from all over the world. So, perhaps it
is not only a wish fulfilment but a deserving honour for Sri Lanka's
maestro artist Kalasuri Dr. Jayasiri Semage to have his creations
showcased in a gallery in Italy.
He is, therefore, busy these days giving final touches to the
specially created paintings that he plans to take with him. On December
2 he will arrive in Italy to launch his solo exhibition at a prestigious
gallery in Padova.
One of the paintings
Jayasiri Semage is no stranger to international galleries. His recent
experience with Japanese art lovers had been a big success. He showcased
his recent experimental liyawela based line drawings in Japan and had
very encouraging responses. Their Zen background, perhaps, prompted
Japanese to grasp the monochrome rhythmic flow of almost dancing curved
lines along with simple hues of black.
They were very happy with the opportunity provided to purchase a
selection from those novel creations. Moreover, Semage's art was highly
acclaimed in Switzerland and Sweden too.
Having had many global opportunities of sharing his talents Semage
provided an opportunity to his village folks to congratulate him last
September, holding a solo exhibition at his alma mater, Ambalangoda
His next international event is already scheduled. "This time, I have
to cater to an encouragingly different group of viewers.
They come from a romantic, classical, yet revolutionarily innovative
background. Having a very rich cultural past, I am sure; they deserve
something more than what I have already given to the rest of the world.
I know their taste is different from that of Sri Lankans, or even
those of Middle East, who are conditioned by eastern aesthetic
traditions. So, absorbing myself in deep aesthetic 'meditation', I have
revolutionised my own style and approach, with Italy in focus, adding a
bit of modernity and abstractness to my technique.
One might even find them elusive and elliptical. I have morphed my
style even to the extent that someone might find it difficult to see
often-noted 'semageness' in them," said Semage.
Tallying Italy, as a matter of fact, is a challenging task. Italy has
a totally different religio-philosophical ideology behind its culture.
Being active partners in the progress of vibrant Western culture,
Italians are eloquently fashionable, expressively modern and
revolutionally original in their aesthetics.
The paintings that Semage used to showcase in the Far-Eastern
galleries, which were traditionally eastern, spiritually Buddhist and
stylistically Ajanta-Sigiri, may not be a fitting fiesta to Italian
Semage knows that Pizza hut may not be the best place to serve string
hoppers. So, he has, in his aesthetic meditations, taken a lot of
inspiration from the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo,
enriching his horizon with new themes and a broader vision. Jayasiri
Semage will leave Sri Lanka on December 2 with his specially created
His paintings will be on exhibition there in Italy for one month,
providing a new experience to sophisticated Italian viewers.