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A day with Daco, discovering art and abstract animals
A graduate of Fine Arts at the Ecoles des Beaux-Arts in Paris,
As a part of the month-long French Spring Festival organised by the French Embassy and Alliance Francaise de Kotte from 14 June to 14 July,
On 7 July,
Dilmah’s MJF Charitable Foundation envisions it as a centre that provides opportunities for aspiring young artists from less advantaged backgrounds to explore their passion in all kinds of art forms. Children from MJF Charitable Foundation, Maligawatte and Peliyagoda centres, gathered in Moratuwa with
It was the perfect opportunity for the participants to be creative and spontaneous with abstract art using bright, bold colours. After an art demonstration by
Art can articulate thoughts, open minds and relieve stress. For the young people who took part in the Graffiti workshop, the experience was entertaining and inspiring. Ilha (15), who is a part of the MJFCF, Peilyagoda has won awards in All-Island Inter-School Art Competitions. Her painting was among the most admired.
“I painted a scenery using monochromatic colours. It took me about half an hour to complete this. This is the first time I got the freedom to draw on a wall and I wish I could do this again.”
There is a strong engagement between Daco›s artwork and those who perceive them. Spectators who witnessed Daco›s painting said that they were entranced by the evolution of ‘The Horse and The Butterfly’. “We felt connected with the whole process as the figures emerged into life from a flurry of spray paint and geometric forms,” said Priscilla, a budding artist.
“My family is truly grateful for
At the age of 16,
He breaks away from the confines of realism and creates surreal animals that contrast with their urban and natural elements. The vibrant colour palette he uses stand out on the walls, perfectly capturing the animal spirit with life and movements.
In a relatively short amount of time, he melds different geometric shapes to create the frame of an animal. With an open, imaginative mind,
Every Graffaune is a challenge for Daco which involves dealing with different people, places, culture and logistics. «Every destination is a challenge and a learning experience filled with memories. Travelling enriches my work and
“This is my second time in Sri Lanka and I have had an amazing time here. People are so warm and welcoming. I am overwhelmed by their reception. I feel good when I receive feedback from my art. Be it positive or negative, I think all kinds of reaction encourage me to do better. These animals I paint do not evoke any significance but I let people assign their own meaning to the piece. I believe that this makes the viewer really connect with my Graffaune.”
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