About the Artist

The Painter, Walter Kulasooriya was born on 11th April, 1945 at Demataluwa a picturesque farming village in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka. His childhood was spent there. He had his primary education at Mahananneriya in Vanni Hath Paththuwa. His father was the Head Master of the school which was cut off from the urban life.

This area was covered with massive spreading trees and creepers. The dwellings were huddled together and were isolated by the surrounding forest. The forest was the roaming ground of the elephant, leopard, bear, monkey, deer, boar, stag and wild cats. Many species of birds added colour and filled the air with music. Flora of various hues added beauty and fragrance. This type of background aroused the painter in him.

He moved to Kurunegala for post primary education and joined Christ Church College. From there he moved on to the Maliyadeva College for secondary education. In 1959 he joined the college of fine arts to follow a four year Diploma course in paintings and sculpture and later graduated as an artist from the Academy of Fine Arts, Madras, India.
He joined state service as an art teacher and served for a few years. He ventured as a free lance artist and in 1987 won the Presidential Award considered to be the highest honour in Sri Lanka. He continued to win the Presidential Award for paintings up to 2004.
In addition he has won international awards, but does not represent any school or tradition. He does not follow a prototype in creating but sticks to the theme.
You will notice different styles in his exhibitions and will feel that you are viewing the work of several artists when you walk through his paintings in an exhibition.
 
 
The Remarkable achievements of the Artist
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Presidential Award - 1996 (Sri Lanka)
Presidential Award - 1997 (Sri Lanka)
Presidential Award - 1998 (Sri Lanka)
Presidential Award - 1999 (Sri Lanka)
Prime Minister's Award - 1999 (Sri Lanka)
Presidential Award - 2000 (Sri Lanka)
Presidential Award - 2001 (Sri Lanka)
Highly Commended - 2001 (Sri Lanka)
Presidential Award - 2002 (Sri Lanka)
Highly Commended - 2003 (Sri Lanka)
Presidential Award - 2004 (Sri Lanka)
Prim Minister's Award - 2004 (Sri Lanka)
"Dhakshinaabhimani" Award Presented by the Southern Provincial Council of Sri Lanka - 2005