Late Harry Pieris
Founder Sapumal Foundation
Bronze. Sita Joseph
CORE COLLECTION OF SRI LANKAN PAINTINGS
The galleries of the Sapumal Foundation contain over 200 paintings and drawings which
trace the development of art in Sri Lanka from the 1920s to date, a selection from over
1000 items in the inventory of the Foundation.
The core of the collection consists of works by Harry Pieris, Richard Gabriel, Ivan Peries, Justin Daraniyagala, George Keyt, L T P Manjusri, Geoffery Beling, George Claessen and Aubrey Collette.
These artists were the original members of the '43 Group and laid the foundation of
modern art in Sri Lanka. Other Sri Lankan artists who also have their works
displayed in the gallery include Ranil Deraniyagala, Tilak Samarawickreme, Marie Alles
Fernando, Swanee Jayawardena, Sushila Fernando, Sevali Illangasinghe, Noeline Fernando,
Badugodahewa and Nadine David.
The galleries occupy the house where the late Harry Pieris lived and worked. The
larger section of the display gallery is in his sitting rooms witch have been left as he
once used them. The studio where he painted still contains his easel, brushes,
palate and the box containing the last few tubes of paint he used. A sales gallery
contains works of art for sale. A print studio offer training in etching, engraving
and other forms of printing.
The Foundation was set up by the late Harry Pieris in 1974. It is an approved
- 32/4 Barnes Place, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka.
Tel: 011 2695731
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.