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Painting

Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Sri Lanka (made)

  • Date:

    1982-1984 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Peries, Ivan, born 1904 - died 1988 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in acrylic on paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.52-1985

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Ivan Peries was born in Sri Lanka in 1931. Peries' work has largely grown out of his preoccupation with the idealisation of the Ceylonese landscape. The artist was part of the 43 Group, an art group which took inspiration from international art movements based in Paris and London as well as Santiniketan in India. Members of the group included painters George Keyt and Richard Gabriel. The 43 Group artists were able to create a more secular painting tradition than the one supported by the Ceylon Society of Arts. The artist died in 1969.

In this painting we see two highly stylized saintly figures. On the left, we observe a tall standing figure whilst on the right, a smaller hunched seated figure. Both saints are dressed in long saffron-coloured robes. The two figures are set against a dark ground and framed within a roughly executed siena border.

Physical description

Painting, in acrylic on paper, a tall standing figure, left, and a smaller hunched seated figure, right, both dressed in long saffron-coloured robes. Set against a dark ground and framed within a roughly executed siena border. Areas of the border and the central image have been extensively retouched and repainted in a variety of media before arriving at this present state.

Place of Origin

Sri Lanka (made)

Date

1982-1984 (made)

Artist/maker

Peries, Ivan, born 1904 - died 1988 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Painted in acrylic on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Ip'
Signed in ball-point pen upper left

'82'
dated upper right

Dimensions

Height: 29.5 cm, Width: 20.8 cm

Object history note

Purchased from artist. Rp 85/536

Historical context note

Ivan Peries was born in Sri Lanka in 1931. Peries' work has largely grown out of his preoccupation with the idealisation of the Ceylonese landscape. The artist was part of the 43 Group, an art group which took inspiration from international art movements based in Paris and London as well as Santiniketan. Members of the group included painters George Keyt and Richard Gabriel. The 43 Group artists were able to create a more secular painting tradition than the one supported by the Ceylon Society of Arts. The artist died in 1969.

Descriptive line

Painting, two saints, by Ivan Peries, painting, acrylic on paper, Sri Lanka, 1982-1984

Materials

Paint; Acrylic; Paper

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Saints

Categories

Paintings; Christianity; Religion; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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