De Silva + Bawa – Craft + Architecture exhibition supported by DFSD



In creating a historically significant work of art that comprises the art of craft and architecture, there arises a unique relationship between architect and craftsman. The Exhibition of Ena de Silva that was launched on the 23rd of January as part of the Bawa 100 Exhibition presents the friendship that instilled itself in renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa and revered artist, Ena de Silva. Ena de Silva was a pioneer in reviving old craftsmanship and batik design in Sri Lanka. Her life is symbolic to the vivid colours festooned in her works, characteristic of her vibrant and persevering personality. This exhibition celebrates Ena de Silva as a renowned craftsman, for her masterpieces of batik and the relationship she shared with Geoffrey Bawa. Curator of this exhibition, Amila de Mel, an architect herself, who hosted the tour of the Ena de Silva house, worked with Geoffrey Bawa’s architectural practice from 1991 to 1995.

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