ART FROM The Heart

Artist Sumali Piy­atissa ex­hibits at Art Innsbruck 2020

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - LIFE - BY KIANA

Ab­stract artist Sumali, ex­hib­ited her paint­ings in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Van Gogh Art Gallery, Madrid at the in­ter­na­tional con­tem­po­rary art fair “Art Innsbruck 2020” or­gan­ised from 15th to 19th of Jan­uary in Innsbruck, Aus­tria. The art fair has the slo­gan “Art of the cen­turies for lovers and col­lec­tors” and has been held for 24 years, with a very ex­clu­sive se­lec­tion of in­ter­na­tional ex­hibitors. Sumali ex­hib­ited her finest col­lec­tion of oil paint­ings along with many other tal­ented artists from around the world. Her work de­picts her pas­sion for paint­ing through bold brush strokes, con­fi­dent use of colour and tex­ture. Each of her paint­ings tell a dif­fer­ent story and rep­re­sent free­dom, joy and pos­i­tiv­ity. She has ex­hib­ited in solo shows and re­cent fairs in­clude Roy’s Art Fair – Lon­don. Piy­atissa is cur­rently work­ing on di­verse projects and sells her art on in­ter­na­tional plat­forms.

1 It’s an in­ter­na­tional con­tem­po­rary art fair “Art Innsbruck 2020”which was held mid-jan­uary in Innsbruck, Aus­tria. The art fair has the slo­gan “Art of the cen­turies for lovers and col­lec­tors” and has been held for 24 years. I had the op­por­tu­nity to col­lab­o­rate with a gallery in Madrid, Spain who se­lected a few of my paint­ings to dis­play along with many other tal­ented artists from around the world.

The fair was a suc­cess and gave me a lot of ex­po­sure and I was able to work with many other artists and the gallery cu­ra­tor who was such a great help in the art­work se­lec­tion. This also helped me in un­der­stand­ing more about the Euro­pean art world and the many op­por­tu­ni­ties that lie ahead.

2 I took part in Roy’s Art fair last year in Lon­don and through that many op­por­tu­ni­ties opened up. This was one, where I was ap­proached by a gallery in Madrid with whom I signed up a col­lab­o­ra­tion with. Through them my paint­ings were ex­hib­ited at the fair in Innsbruck.

3 I have been paint­ing from a very young age and I’ve al­ways had a pas­sion for art, and it has also been my fa­ther’s dream to see me grow as an artist. Which is the rea­son I sign my paint­ings as “Buki” the nick­name given to me by him. How­ever, stud­ies took over and I came back to pur­su­ing art in my mid-twen­ties. From there on, I started off by learn­ing the oil paint­ing tech­nique and the jour­ney took over.

4 My first solo ex­hi­bi­tion was in Fe­bru­ary 2015 which was called “Genèse” which means the be­gin­ning and it truly was a be­gin­ning of an amaz­ing jour­ney.

5 Travel plays a big part for my in­spi­ra­tion and also my sur­round­ings, colour, peo­ple I in­ter­act with and what­ever that cap­tures my eye. It maybe just gaz­ing into the sky and its moods of colour, the for­ma­tion of clouds, an in­te­rior, dif­fer­ent tex­tures and many more. I love play­ing with colour and the way it blends al­ways in­trigue me. I try my best to rep­re­sent free­dom, joy and pos­i­tiv­ity through all of my art­work.

6 Last year Oc­to­ber, I ex­hib­ited at the Roy’s art fair in Lon­don. That was my first in­ter­na­tional fair.

7 My all-time favourite is Van Gogh. There’s some­thing about his art that in­spires me. I also like the work of Monet and his style of work and Klimt and his use of colour. There are many more tal­ented artists that I fol­low on­line for in­spi­ra­tion as well. There’s so much of tal­ent out there and so much that you can learn.

8 That’s a very in­ter­est­ing ques­tion. Art means every­thing to me, it de­fines me!

Art is a way of ex­press­ing one­self and it tells its own story. I be­lieve art speaks to peo­ple in dif­fer­ent ways. The way a paint­ing speaks to me would not be the same way it speaks to you. Art, sim­ply is a way of com­mu­ni­ca­tion of ideas and emo­tions.

9 There are lots of things in the pipe­line for me. As for this year, I’m hop­ing of ex­hibit­ing at an­other fair in Lon­don to­wards the end of 2020 and also hav­ing an­other solo show by mid this year.

10 Keep do­ing what you’re do­ing and don’t give up. Stay fo­cused and never lose hope. Peo­ple have many opin­ions; you need to know what ad­vice to take and move for­ward. Ex­plore! Cre­ativ­ity is all about ex­plor­ing. Learn new skills and move out of your com­fort zone. The paint­ings I cre­ated when I started was not the paint­ings that I’m cre­at­ing now. I have seen my­self grow as an artist, in skill and tech­nique and it’s all cos of try­ing and never giv­ing up. I may still not be there, but I know I will get there! Also, hav­ing the right peo­ple around you helps a great deal.

My all-time favourite is Van Gogh. There’s some­thing about his art that in­spire me. I also like the work of Monet and his style of work and Klimt and his use of colour. There are many more tal­ented artists that I fol­low on­line for in­spi­ra­tion as well. There’s so much of tal­ent out there and so much that you can learn “I have seen my­self grow as an artist, in skill and tech­nique and it’s all cos of try­ing and never giv­ing up. I may still not be there, but I know I will get there! Also, hav­ing the right peo­ple around you helps a great deal” Sumali ex­hib­ited her finest col­lec­tion of oil paint­ings along with many other tal­ented artists from around the world. Her work de­picts her pas­sion for paint­ing through bold brush strokes, con­fi­dent use of colour and tex­ture. Each of her paint­ings tell a dif­fer­ent story and rep­re­sent free­dom, joy and pos­i­tiv­ity

Waves of joy

Sumali Piy­atissa

Con­nected - oil on can­vas

Along the shores

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