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George Keyt



 Exhibitions  Selected Posthumous Exhibitions 2013 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore  Selected Solo Exhibitions 1975 ‘George Keyt – Exhibition of Recent Paintings’, organized by French Embassy (Sri Lanka_ at Kalagaraya Gallery and French Club of the University of Sri Lanka 1974 ‘Recent paintings and Drawings’, Commonwealth Art Gallery, London 1972 ‘Lionel Weldt Memorial Exhibition’, Colombo, Sri Lanka 1969 ‘George Keyt – Exhibition of Recent Paintings’, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai 1969 ‘Selected Paintings and Drawings by George Keyt’, Indian Council for Cultural Relations 1968 Samudra Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka 1956 Exhibition organized by Peradeniya University, Colombo, Sri Lanka 1954 Institute of Contemporary Arts, London 1954 Art Institute of Rotterdam, Holland 1953 Exhibition organized by All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi and Group’ 43, Colombo in New Delhi 1946 Exhibition in India organized by Mulk Raj Anand, Anil de Silva and others Selected Group Exhibitions 2011 ‘Manifestations VI', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2010-11 'Figure/Landscape: Part Two', Aicon Gallery, London 2010 'Figure/Landscape - Part One', Aicon Gallery, New York 1972 ‘Lionel Wendt Memorial Exhibition’, Colombo, Sri Lanka 1967 ‘Stained Glass Wall designed for the Sri Lanka Pavilion’, Expo’ 67, Montreal, Canada 1930 With W. W. Beling and Winzer, Ferguson Memorial Hall 1929 With Other Sri Lankan Artists, W. W. Beling, Winzer and Justin Daraniyagala, Ceylon Art Club, Colombo, Sri Lanka 1928 Memorial Exhibition in Honor of W. W. Beling, Colombo, Sri Lanka Joint Exhibitions 1936 With Justin Daraniyagala, organized by Dr. G. P. Malasekhara and Ceylonese Society of Arts, Colombo Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka 1932 With W. W. Beling, Motor Show Room, Colombo, Sri Lanka Honours and Awards 1970 Award for Services to the Nation in the Field of Art, Ceylon Society of Art 1968 Hony. D. Litt, University of Sri Lanka, Paradeniya 1950 Declined the Offer of the Order of the British Empire   started exhibiting in the 1920's and the work from this period is strongly influenced by Buddhist and Hindu iconography. The 1930's saw him preoccupied with the depiction of episodes from the Buddhist Jataka or Birth stories, culminating in the representation of the life and times of the Buddha on the walls of the circumambulatory shrine room of Gautami Vihara in Borella in 1940. At the same time he was also exposed to the influence of Western art, in particular the early cubist landscapes of Picasso and Braque, as well as Picasso's distortion of the human figure. It was Keyt's unique achievement to fuse these influences into a new artsistic vocabulary. In 1954 his work was exhibited at the ICA (London) by Sir Herbert Read and afterwards thief exhibition travelled to the Art Institute of Rotterdam. His work is to be found in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The British Museum, as well as various public collections in India and Sri Lanka. Obituaries featured in The Independent and The Times in England following his death in Colombo in 1993.

George Keyt

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started exhibiting in the 1920's and the work from this period is strongly influenced by Buddhist and Hindu iconography. The 1930's saw him preoccupied with the depiction of episodes from the Buddhist Jataka or Birth stories, culminating in the representation of the life and times of the Buddha on the walls of the circumambulatory shrine room of Gautami Vihara in Borella in 1940. At the same time he was also exposed to the influence of Western art, in particular the early cubist landscapes of Pi
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Artist Biography

 Exhibitions  Selected Posthumous Exhibitions 2013 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore  Selected Solo Exhibitions 1975 ‘George Keyt – Exhibition of Recent Paintings’, organized by French Embassy (Sri Lanka_ at Kalagaraya Gallery and French Club of the University of Sri Lanka 1974 ‘Recent paintings and Drawings&rs
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