About Anoma

Anoma studied and worked in the UK for three decades as a designer and artist and now divides her time between London and Sri Lanka where her studio is now based.

Recent exhibitions combine poetry and science to explore sustainability and the environment. Often suggestive and poetic in appeal, works range from mixed media paintings on canvas and paper to iPad and digital art, video and sculpture installations. They invite multiple interpretations, and are abstract reflections upon isolation, transformation, reconciliation, healing and the freedom of the human spirit.
'Human insecurities, greed and conflicts blur the boundaries between reason and passion and explode the tensions that exist within all of us. We create and destroy in our search for immortality, never accepting life's unalterable fact - impermanence.'

Anoma currently works exclusively on her paintings and installations. Creating images that depict man's existential anxieties, contemporary concerns about the human condition and internal tussle with his nature and his fellow man. The works are layered and dense, exploring the relationship between surface and depth and that that is sought and found through destruction and loss. Her technique of layering and juxtaposition of elemental content also mirrors the interplay between time and nature. Boats, rivers, crevices, figures and pathways are both summoned up and woven into the background, fractured, left to emerge on longer investigation.

Her multimedia trilingual installation on reconciliation, which incorporated writings on peace, music, performance and video, was shown in the National Gallery of Sri Lanka.

Anoma’s designs have been displayed at the V&A Museum and the House of Commons in London and been shown in the USA, Japan and Europe. Clients have included Yves St Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, and been featured in several international publications including the cover of Vogue Magazine in the UK. She was also one of the painters selected by India for the SAARC art Exhibition which toured the 7 capitals of the SAARC region.

Anoma was a visiting lecturer for over ten years at several British art Colleges including at her alma mater, Central St Martins College, University of the Arts, London.

Solo Exhibitions

Anoma Wijewardena
  • 2016 Elysium Collection, Galle, Sri Lanka
  • 2013 The Noble sage collection, London, UK
  • 2012 Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2012 Paradise Road Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2012 Dutch Hospital, The Fort, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2012 Fort Printers, Galle, Sri Lanka
  • 2010 Wright & Teague, Mayfair, London, UK
  • 2009 One&Only, Reethi Rah, Maldives
  • 2007 The British Residence, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2007 The Printers, Galle, Sri Lanka
  • 2006 The National Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2005 Stella Downer Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  • 2004 Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2002 Havelock Place Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2002 Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2002 Art Heritage, New Delhi, India
  • 1999 Gallerie Taksu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 1993 Barefoot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Exhibitions

  • 2016 Sotheby's Gallery, Hong Kong
  • 2015 Vivid Strokes, Singapore
  • 2015 Candid Art Gallery, London, UK
  • 2011 Saskia Fernando Gallery, Sri Lanka
  • 2011 Asia House, Mayfair, London, UK
  • 2011 Amangalle, Galle, Sri Lanka
  • 2010 XVA Gallery, Dubai, UAE
  • 2010 The Noble Sage Gallery, London, UK
  • 2009 Colombo Art Biennale, Sri Lanka
  • 2009 The Noble Sage Gallery, London, UK
  • 2009 Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2009 National Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2007 The Noble Sage Gallery, London, UK
  • 2007 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India
  • 2007 Barefoot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2007 The Taj Palace, New Delhi, India
  • 2007 The National Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2006 Harold Peiris Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2006 Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2006 National Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2005 International Art on Paper Fair, Sydney, Australia
  • 2004 Phillip Bacon Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2001 Artfolio Gallery, Singapore
  • 2000 Sapumal Foundation, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2000 Mountcastle Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2000 Gallerie Taksu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 1991 National Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1998 Gallerie Taksu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 1994 TransAsia, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1986 Rooksmoor Gallery, Bath, UK
  • 1985 Bridge Gallery, Bath, UK
  • 1982 Artsite, Bath, UK
  • 1981 Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
  • 1980 The House of Commons, London, UK
  • 1978 Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK
  • 1975 The Photographers Gallery, London, UK
  • 1974 Sekers, London, UK

Education

  • 1974 MA at Central St Martins College, University of The Arts, London UK
  • 1973 BA at Central St Martins College, University of The Arts. London UK
  • 1970 Foundation, College of Art, University of Loughborough, UK

Awards & Sponsorships

  • 2012 HSBC
  • 2012 Sri Lankan Airlines
  • 2012 Anim8
  • 2010 Sri Lankan Airlines
  • 2010 Sri Lanka Tourist Board
  • 2010 MihinLanka
  • 2009 Atlas
  • 2009 Facilitating Local Initiatives for Conflict Transformation
  • 2007 Siedles Ltd
  • 2007 Equal Ground … Women of the Year
  • 2006 Deutsche Bank
  • 2006 Facilitating Local Initiatives for Conflict Transformation
  • 2006 Brandix Lanka LTD
  • 2006 The Asia Foundation
  • 2006 The Embassy of the United States of America
  • 2005 Deutsche Bank
  • 2005 Singapore Airlines
  • 2005 Dilmah Tea, MJF Holdings, Sri Lanka
  • 2004 Deutsche Bank, Colombo
  • 1993 Ceylon Tobacco Company, Sri Lanka
  • 1975 Crafts Council of Great Britain, UK
  • 1974 Liberty's of London, UK

Commissions

  • 1983 - 2010 Paintings in private and public collections in the UK, USA,
  • Belgium, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Japan, India,
  • Malaysia, Singapore, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Canada, France,
  • Africa and Australia.

Lectureships

  • 2002 Acadamy of Design
    1983-89 Somerset College of Art, UK
  • 1983 Bath Academy, UK
  • 1980 Bristol Polytechnic, UK
  • 1979 Croydon College, UK
  • 1978 Central St Martins College of Art, London, UK
  • 1997 Barnet College of Art, UK

Art Camps

  • 2009 One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
  • 2009 ArtEast, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
  • 2007 SAARC, Jaisalmer, India

Book Covers

  • 2012 The Awakened Ones by Gananath Obeyesekere
    Columbia University Press New York

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