J.P. Deraniyagala

J.P. Deraniyagala
Justin Pieris Deraniyagala (1903-1967) was a well-known Sri Lankan painter. He was a founding member of the 43' Group (Gunawardena, 2003).

Life events
Deraniyagala was born on 20 July 1903 in Colombo Sri Lanka (Dharmasiri, 1990). He first studied art at the Atelier, the school of Gate Mudaliyar A.C.G.S. Amarasekara (Dharmasiri, 1990). In 1922, he entered Trinity College in Cambridge, UK where he completed a B.A. degree in Laws (Dharmasiri, 1990). He further completed his studies under several eminent persons at the Slade School of Art in London from 1926 to 1927 and at the Academic Julian in Paris in 1928 (Dharmasiri, 1990; Gunawardena, 2003). He returned to Sri Lanka in 1929 (Dharmasiri, 1990).

In 1956, at the 28th Venice Biennale, Deraniyagala was awarded a prize for his painting The Fishermen (Dharmasiri, 1990).

Deraniyagala died on 24 May 1967 at the age of 63 (Dharmasiri, 1990).

Some of the paintings by Deraniyagala are given below;
1) The Model (1935)
2) Bathers Surprised (1937)
3) Girl with Orchid (1937)
4) The Bride (1938)
5) Girl with Goldfish (1940) - oil on canvas
6) The Careful Mother (1940) - oil on canvas
7) Vendor of Cloth (1940)
8) Girl with Bird (1940)
9) Female Figure (1940)
10) The Goat (1940)
11) Waiting for the Moon to Shine (1942)
12) Notes for the New Mythology (1943)
13) Artist and Model (1944)
14) Woman with Basket (1948)
15) Lovers (1950)

1) Dharmasiri, A., 1990. Section V: Painting Modern Period (1815-1950). Archaeological Department Centenary (1890-1990): Commemorative series; Vol. V. Painting. Department of Archaeology (Sri Lanka). pp.127,135.
2) Gunawardena, C.A., 2003. Encyclopedia of Sri Lanka. Sterling Publishers Pvt Ltd. ISBN: 81-207-2536-0. p.82.

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