Loot from the loft
first visited Sri Lanka over 20 years ago and has been returning to the island ever since for inspiration. It is here in Sri Lanka that her ideas for paintings are first conceived, while they come into being in the studio. Her work reflects her interest in how, in the middle of the city nature, particularly birds, animals and insects, still finds there place. Painting on panels of gold leaf her images call to mind religious icons and draw the viewer intimately towards these creatures, asking us to revaluate the things we consider insignificant.
In Europe she is known for working on large scale collaborations with designers architects and entrepreneurs such as Nicky Haslam, Robin Birley, Rifat Ozbek & Vivien Greenock, Bruce Cavell.
But whenever she can, she finds the time to paint on a smaller scale. This is where she can explore what is important, where her heart is open and finds its home. Elizabeth Porter is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, London & the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University.
This series of gestural work portrays the juxtaposition of vivid cultures and physical destruction in some of the most unique places I have visited. Unfortunately, some of these places no longer exist due to the deliberate destruction or natural deterioration over time, leaving what remains to be held only in memories or told through stories with a sense of longing. In my paintings, the emptiness in the form relates to the presence (or absence) of these historical places, while the luminosity describes the richness of cultures, art, and its people. Some of these places are Iraq, Lebanon, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Angola, and Rwanda.
Barefoot Gallery serves as a platform for artists, musicians, poets, and filmmakers
The Colombo Gallery was begun by Barbara Sansoni in 1967 and had its home in Anderson Road in a building designed by Ulrik Plesner. The Colombo Gallery became Gallery 706 and that became the BAREFOOT GALLERY in the mid-nineties, which serves as a platform for artists, musicians, poets, and filmmakers in Colombo.