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.