Geethanjana Kudaligamage: RED PARABLES

March 12 – April 22, 2024 

3/21 Opening Reception: 5 – 6:30 p.m. 

3/21 Artist Talk: 5:30 p.m.

Geethanjana Kudaligamage's artistic journey has been profoundly influenced by the tumultuous and violent events of the Sri Lankan civil war spanning from 1983 to 2009. The birthplace of the "modern" suicide bomber, the Tamil Tigers, Sri Lanka's civil war left an indelible mark on his work, fueling a relentless pursuit to confront and reconcile the horrors of the past through art. Sri Lanka's landscape serves as a poignant and enduring muse that continues to shape his artistic expression to this day. Titles such as "But I smell gunpowder" "Burning and the looting," and "Trojan Bird" evoke the visceral imagery and emotional weight of living in a conflict zone, where violence and loss were daily realities. These evocative titles offer a glimpse into the complex interplay of colonial trauma and survival.

Geethanjana Kudaligamage is an internationally exhibited Sri Lankan artist currently based in Woodbridge, VA. Kudaligamage’s artwork has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad including in New York, Washington DC, Sri Lanka and elsewhere. Garnering acclaim for his evocative imagery and masterful technique, Kudaligamage views his art as a tool for sociopolitical criticism. He has taught painting in Sri Lanka and the Us, including at the Art Institute of Washington-Dulles among other institutions. He earned his MFA from the State University of New York, Buffalo in 2005 and his BFA from the University of Visual and Performing Arts in Sri Lanka in 1997.