In this book of his life and work, the drawings and the paintings come across as so spontaneous, so driven by the muscular force of the moment, that one could forget that imagination is never purely visual but also conceptual.
This priceless collection of 73 drawings and paintings were done between 1971 and 1978. Completely forgotten by Laki Senanayake, they vanished into a black hole of his memory, and amazingly resurfaced in 2015, thanks to the internet.
Sri Lankans have long embraced Laki as their renaissance man, and among his thousands of creations, few bear his mark as completely as does Diyabubula, his home in Dambulla. With Diyabubula, Laki has created a garden that rewards the persistence of his uninvited guests.
Dressed in his regulation sarong and t-shirt, Laki Senanayake looks like there are few things he takes seriously – certainly, he doesn’t count his reputation as an ‘artist’ among them. “I’m assured by various people…that I’m Sri Lanka’s leading artist – God knows where I’m leading anyone,” he says, grinning.