When in Colombo, do not miss to visit the art galleries which feature some of the best exhibition of paintings, jewellery and photographs.
Be it the breezy golden shores of the Island or the verdant greenery cloaked central hills, Ifthikar Cader will set up his easel and paint from dawn to dusk. Despite being in his late 70s, visiting the sites he paints is something he continues to do. To the ‘plein air’ painter, sunrise and sunset are the most important times. “The shadows you find early morning and late afternoon helps make a painting far more interesting,” says Cader who has been exhibiting since 1996. Art had always been a passion for Cader. Yet, it was a dream realised during his retirement, triggered by his eldest daughter’s plea “Daddy why don’t you take up painting again instead of moping around”. From there on, his passion converged with a passion for the outdoors. ‘Traditional Impressionism’ has always been the movement that has inspired Cader’s work. However, in his latest exhibition, which will be held in March, one will witness the emerging influences of post- impressionism. It is a movement to which Vincent Van Gogh belonged to, the artist whose life story was Cader’s motivation to take up the paintbrush as a profession. A more modern stimulus stems from contemporary Russian artists Igor Sakharov. This technique is evident in the painting of a sunset at the beach, where the crimson glow of the setting sun shimmers on the waters. Indeed, most of Ifthikar’s paintings have the ability to transport you to the scene of the painting. As you watch the boats bob off the Weligama coast, you c