Laki Senanayake: Master Craftsman

published : Sept. 29, 2018, 12:13 a.m.
A painter, landscape artist, architect, sculptor and innovator are the cascade of titles that trail after the name Laki Senanayake. Yet the artist himself likens his numerous creative accomplishments to “eating ice cream, to indulge in one thing only to move on to another”; a means he says, to keep boredom at bay.

Coming together of Art and Design

published : Oct. 11, 2018, 3:38 a.m.
Sri Lankan architect Laki Senanayake first worked with Geoffrey Bawa and later pursued art independently

Autobiographic Recollections - Music

published : Oct. 5, 2018, 5:36 a.m.
Although we didn’t have a radio or gramophone in the house, there was music around. My brother Nimal sang ceaselessly and also played the harmonica. He also whistled a merry tune.He gave me a harmonica when I was around 10 years and I soon was able to play any tune that came into my head. I whistled as well and I still whistle. I recall George Siegertz, who was a great whistler in my day.He reached a pinnacle of whistling when he was selected by David Lean to be the lead whistler, whistling the “Colonel Bogie’s march” in his film “The bridge over the river Kwai”

Some Vignettes of Laki

published : Oct. 5, 2018, 5:37 a.m.
From Susith Perera.

The Architecture of an Island : The Living Legacy of Sri Lanka:

published : Oct. 3, 2018, 7:48 a.m.
The Architecture of an Island : The Living Legacy of Sri Lanka: A Thousand Years of Architecture Illustrated by Outstanding Examples of Religious, Public, and Domestic Buildings

My Life as an Artist -  An Autobiography.

published : Oct. 6, 2018, 7:20 a.m.
Dr. Cholomondely de Silva, Chumley as the name is unreasonably pronounced, and Chummy to his chums was our family physician and friend, and was responsible for safely delivering me and the last two of my seven siblings into the world. My mother told me that I looked quite red when I was born, and three days later when the good doctor visited to check on me, he exclaimed “Good grief, this child has turned black”. This later lead to me being considered the black sheep of the family, and my sister Lalitha still calls me “ Kal” which is an abbreviation of “Kalu” which means black.

Laki’s views on Art

published : Sept. 28, 2018, 9:40 p.m.
Laki Senanayake believes that the current art market is a racket like the financial market, and is based on the capitalist notion of valuing property over human welfare and happiness.

Book of Laki Senanayake's Artistic Talents

published : Sept. 28, 2018, 8:49 p.m.
The Geoffrey Bawa Trust has assembled a comprehensive book covering a range of Laki Senanayake's artistic talents. This book includes examples of Laki's work in drawings, paintings and sculptures.

Owl leafing through pages

published : Sept. 28, 2018, 11:01 p.m.
In this book of his life and work, the drawings and the paintings come across as so spontaneous, so driven by the muscular force of the moment, that one could forget that imagination is never purely visual but also conceptual.

Laki and his landscapes of the mind

published : Sept. 29, 2018, 12:18 a.m.
Diyabubula in Sinhalese means "bubbling water" This fresh water spring refreshed and quenched the thirst of many pilgrims and travelers to the nearby Dambulla Buddhist Cave Temples. The land was owned by Nimal Senanayake, Laki’s lawyer brother who received it is as a part payment for a brief.