General description: Kandy is a city of arts, in many creative forms. From batiks to dance performances to extraordinary frescoes hidden within it’s temples and places of worship, there is art around every corner in Kandy. With such a strong pull towards the arts, the city tends to both attract and produce an eccentric bunch of artisans, who draw inspiration from the lush greenery of the surrounding Kandyan hills and arguably have been producing some of the best art in the country for hundreds of years. Spend an hour or two at an exclusive artist’s studio to talk art, philosophy and music with one of the most interesting characters you’ll meet on this trip.
Experience description: Your host, one of the country’s most eminent and reclusive artists, has been living and working in Kandy for the last three decades. His studio showcases a personal collection of his own paintings. The experience allows visitors to have an intimate glimpse into his life and work, and to discuss the work with the artist himself within his own private and creative world. Over welcoming glasses of fresh juice you can unwind in front of the tranquil views from his verandah as you get to know both your host and his daughter, who is an artist in her own right. Having being home-schooled and tutored in art by her father, she is engaged in developing her own visions on canvas. The work of both painters may be viewed at leisure between their home and the studio. The visit ends back on the verandah with a cup of tea and final conversation. Why meet an artist? Your host is completely unique.
Includes: Refreshments are provided.
Duration: 1.5 hours to 2 hours
Suitable for children: Yes.
Meeting time: 5 pm
What to wear or bring along: A camera; photography of the artists and their works are permitted.
Important to know: Feel no pressure to buy art – the experience was conceived as a way of granting you private access into an artist’s home and life in Sri Lanka. No alcohol is Served at the house, but if you’d like to bring your own, you are welcome to.
Making the most of it: Your host is also an avid musician, and will be happy to demonstrate and elaborate upon his interests in Indian music. Feel free to ask!
Private or not: The visit is always private.