Thursday, July 23, 2020

A Gregarious Recluse: Renowned Sri Lankan Artist George Keyt

By Giridhar Khasnis
"Holy Man, Woman and Child" by George Keyt
George Keyt died in Colombo on 31 July 1993, aged 92. “If a contradiction can be allowed, Keyt was a gregarious recluse,” wrote Martin Russell in an obituary published in The Independent, London.“He had to be one because he loved people and conversation and the other because his work demanded private thought, solitude and concentration.” Keyt's are seemed to absorb European Modernist innovations as well as ancient South Asian fresco techniques. "He was influence by many kids of art, particularly by the simple temple paintings of Ceylon, Indian sculptures and by the inventiveness of Picasso," observed Russell. [More]