ICONIC SRI LANKAN MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART
Sri Lankan art, despite stemming from a relatively small island is well known for its own cultural identity with multiethnic and multi-religious communities. What began as a group venture into modern art with the ‘43 Group, has now evolved into a realm of its own, with artists producing works that convey this distinctive and invaluable cultural identity to the global art sphere. On the 23rd of October 2018, three significant works including that of artists George Keyt and Senaka Senanayake were auctioned at the Sotheby’s London Sale of Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art. Sotheby’s, revered auction house in the United Kingdom unites collectors with world-class artistic pieces since 1744, and is widely known as the first international auction house with branches in New York, Hong Kong and Paris. The works by Keyt and Senanayake displayed at Sotheby’s were once a part of intellectual and patron of Sri Lankan art, Martin Russell’s collection.
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