Senior Lecturer- Grade - I, Department of Fine Arts, University of Kelaniya.
Promoted to Grade - I after six-years of service on Grade - II
Previous Positions (in reverse chronological order)
- Feb 1986 - Jan 1992: Senior Lecturer- Grade - II,
Department of Fine Arts, University of Kelaniya
(Promoted to Grade - II after completion of the Masterís degree).
- Apr 1978 - Jan 1986: Assistant Lecturer (Permanent position)
Department of Fine Arts, University of Kelaniya.
- Dec 1975 - Mar 1978: Temporary Assistant Lecturer
Department of Fine Arts, University of Kelaniya.
(renewable temporary contract with brief intervals between academic years)
Other Positions (in reverse chronological order)
I was away from the University of Kelaniya for over eight years either on official study leave or on sabbatical leave as follows;
- May 2006 - Mar 2007: Visiting Professor,
Department of Fine Arts, Sojo University, Kumamoto City, Japan.
- Oct 2000 - Dec 2000: Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar,
Museum Studies Department, University of Delaware, USA.
- Sep 1994 - Nov 1995: Forbes Fellow,
Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, Freer Gallery of Art,
Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA. (carried out doctoral dissertation
research for the University of Delaware, USA).
- Sep 1991 - Aug 1994: Kress Fellow - Doctoral Student,
Art Conservation Department, University of Delaware, USA.
- Feb 1989 - Dec 1989: UNESCO Fellow - Postgraduate Diploma Student,
School of Applied Sciences, University of Canberra, Australia.
- Oct 1978 - Sep 1980: Postgraduate Research Student,
University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Current Senior Service Positions at National-Level
- Consultant Conservation Director, Special Projects in Mural Painting Conservation, Central Cultural Fund, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of Sri Lanka
- Ph.D. in Art Conservation Research, University of Delaware, DE, USA (1998) Dissertation Title: Materials and techniques of Kandyan and southern schools of mural painting of Sri Lanka: mid-eighteenth to late-nineteenth centuries (unpublished). Examined over 400 samples of mural painting materials from Sri Lanka, using several scientific analytical techniques to identify the materials used as grounds, primers, pigments, and binding media, and methods of application.
- Graduate Diploma in Rock Art Conservation, University of Canberra, Australia (1990) Studied problems of deterioration of rock art, documentation and conservation methods, interpretation and presentation, development and management of rock art sites for visitors.
- M.Sc. in Architectural Conservation of Monuments and Sites, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (1986). Thesis: Conservation of Lankatilleke image house at Polonnaruva with special reference to the stucco ornamentation on external facades. (unpublished). Studied theoretical and practical issues related to historic preservation.
- Research Student on Byzantine Art, University of Thessaloniki, and the British School of
Archaeology at Athens, Greece (1978-80). Independent research on Byzantine art.
- B.A.(Hons) in Fine Arts, University of Ceylon (Peradeniya), Sri Lanka (1975) An academic course on the history of major art traditions of the world.
Courses Taught (at University of Kelaniya)
- (Undergraduate-level) Sri Lankan Art (ancient, folk, and contemporary), Indian Art, Western Art, Cultural Heritage Management; and (graduate-level) Research Methodology and Research Proposal Writing.
Courses Taught at other Tertiary Institutions as a Visiting Lecturer
- Cultural Heritage Management, and Primitive Art, University of Peradeniya (1996-2003).
- Introduction to Fine Arts and Western Art, Institute of Aesthetic Studies (1986 and 1998).
- Conservation Science, Rock Art, Art History, Postgrad. Inst. of Archaeology (1986, 97, & 2008-09).
- Conservation Science and Art History, University of Moratuwa (1987 and 1996).
- Research Methodology, Sri Lanka Army Command and Staff Training College (2002-2006, 2010).
- Art History and Art Appreciation, and World Cultures and Customs, American National College (2004 to-date).
- Conservation Science with focus on characterization of cultural materials to address the issues in conservation and technical art history.
- Art History with emphasis on non-mainstream art genres such as rock art of Sri Lanka's hunter-gatherer community known as the Veddas, folk terracotta figurine art belong to a substratum rice farming culture of dry-zone Sri Lanka, and mud-architecture of rural communities, issues in contemporary art, art and colonialism, art and religion, art and war.
- Cultural Heritage Management with focus on deterioration assessment and preservation Planning, multiculturalism and heritage presentation
Contribution to Regional-Level Capacity Building in Heritage Management
- Course Director, 3-week training program on Archaeological Heritage Management for a group of students from the Republic of Maldives, a UNESCO-University of Kelaniya project, funded by the UNESCO (Aug -Sep, 1999).
National-Level Contribution to Heritage Preservation
- Assistant Director-Archaeology Team, Sigiriya Project of the UNESCO-Sri Lanka archaeological conservation program, 1988.
- Resource Person: Workshop on the Preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage, University of Jaffna. UNESCO-Central Cultural Fund joint program for local-level capacity building in the North of Sri Lanka on Heritage Preservation, March 2010.
National-Level Contribution to Capacity Building in University Teaching and Research
- Author of four training modules on Research Methodology (prepared on the request of the University Grants Commission to be used in Staff Development Programs in all state universities for 2011).
Humanities Research Methods (2.5 hrs)
Grant Proposal Writing (2.5 hrs)
Role of Supervisors and Responsibilities of Students (2.5hrs)
Publication of Research (1.25 hrs)
Specialized Hands-on Training in Conservation
- Rock art conservation training program at Painted Rock, a Chumash Indian site in the Carrizo Plain Natural Area, California, USA, sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute and the Bureau of Land Management, US government, Apr-May 1991.
Senior-level Service Positions held at University of Kelaniya
- External Examiner of two Ph.D. theses from the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, India (in 2002 and 2008).
- External Examiner of two M.Phil. theses from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1998 and 2009)
Research and Publications
On Heritage Preservation and Technical Art History
1990‘Traditions and Techniques of Earthen Architecture of Sri Lanka’; in Adobe 90 Preprints, 6th International Conference on the Conservation of Earthen
Architecture, Los Angeles, Getty Conservation Institute. pp. 105-110.
1996 With W.T. Chase et.al. ‘Beautiful Microstructures’ in Asian Art & Culture. Vol. xix. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. pp. 68-83.
1998 ‘Materials and Techniques of Sri Lankan Mural Paintings of the Late Historical Period’, paper presented to the 100th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. Washington D.C. Dec.
2002 ‘Recent studies on Sri Lankan Mural Painting Technology’ in Scientific Research in the Field of Asian Art : Proceedings of the First Forbes Symposium at the Freer Gallery of Art..ed. Paul Jett et.al. London: Archetype, and Washington D.C.: Freer Gallery of Art, pp. 170-76
2008 ‘Preservation of Polychrome Wood in the Sacred Tooth Relic Temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka’, paper presented to the International Seminar on Conservation of Painted Surfaces on Wooden Structures in East Asia. Beijing, China.
On Art History
2002 ‘Anuradhapura’, ‘Kandy’, ‘Polonnaruva’, and ‘Sigiriya’; in Art of India. ed. Fredrick M. Asher. Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., Chicago. (Four short articles on four major archaeological sites in Sri Lanka. pp: 347-48, 409-10; 447-48; 459-60).
2003 'Art Representations and Social Responses to Adaptation: Buddhist Art of Colonial Ceylon', paper presented to the 3rd International Convention of Asia Scholars, Singapore National University. August.
2004 'Expressing the 'Other-ness' or Being Neo-colonial? Dilemmas of the Painters of Post-colonial Sri Lanka', paper presented to the Symposium 'Our
Modernities: Positioning Asian Art Now', Singapore National University,
Published in; www.ari.nus.edu.sg/conf2004/asianart.htm
2005 ‘Buddhist Art of Colonial Ceylon: Adaptation and Survival Strategy of a
Marginalized Religious Majority’, paper presented to the XIXth World Congress
of the International Association for the History of Religions, Tokyo.
2008' Flowers for the dhamma: Painted Buddhist Palm-leaf Manuscript Covers
(kamba) of Sri Lanka’, in Buddhist Manuscript Cultures: Knowledge, Ritual, and
Art. Eds. Berkwitz, Stephen, Juliane Schober, Claudia Brown. London:
2008 ‘Anti-war Imagery of Contemporary Sri Lankan Artists’, paper presented to the
32nd Congress of the International Historians of Art (CIHA), University of
On Ethnographic Art (non-mainstream art or art of isolated or marginalized communities; i.e., the rock art of Sri Lanka’s aboriginal hunter-gatherercommunity, and a clay figuring art of an isolated rice-farming community of Sri Lanka’s Dry-Zone (13th-18th centuries)
1986 'Rock art sites of Sri Lanka: a Catalogue; in Ancient Ceylon (6),. pp.173-208.
1988 ' Rock Art of Sri Lanka- an Introduction; in Kalyani: Journal of Humanities and
Social Sciences of the University of Kelaniya (Vols. 7 & 8), pp. 157-64
1990 ‘Illukvava Terracotta Figurines’ in The Settlement Archaeology of the Sigiriya-
Dambulla Region, Eds. Senake Bandaranayake, Mats Mogren, and Seneviratne
Epitawatta. Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, Colombo. pp. 220-36
1990 ‘A Catalogue of Some Selected Terracotta Objects from Manavava’ in The
Settlement Archaeology of the Sigiriya-Dambulla Region, Eds. Senake
Bandaranayake, Mats Mogren, and Seneviratne Epitawatta. Postgraduate
Institute of Archaeology, Colombo. pp. 241-46.
1992 ‘Rock Art of Sri Lanka’; in Rock Art in the Old World, Ed. Michel Lorblanchet;
IGNCA Rock Art Series-I, New Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the
Arts.pp. 337- 347.
Fellowships and Research Awards
2010 Caroline Villers Research Fellowship from the Caurtauld Institute of Art, University of London to conduct a research project on technical art history for eight months from 01 October 2010 (£ 15,993). (Unable to utilize the award due to difficulties in obtaining visa to the UK. The Caurtauld Institute is trying to help me obtain the visa for me to help me make use of the fellowship, which is still being held for me).
2008 University of Kelaniya Research Grant to study the influence of Sri Lanka’s
terrorist-war on contemporary art. (LKR 100,000)
2000 - Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award for three months.
Museum Studies Program, University of Delaware. (US $ 8750 and return airfare)
1994-95 Forbes Fellowship for research on Sri Lankan Mural painting materials,
Dept. of Conservation & Scientific Research, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian
Institution. (US $ 23,000)
1994-95 University of Delaware Competitive Fellowship for doctoral research,
Art Conservation Department, University of Delaware. (US $ 11,000) Held concurrent with the Forbes Fellowship.
1991-94 Kress Fellowship for doctoral studies, Art Conservation Department, University of Delaware. (US $ 52,500 + $ 5960 as research funds)
1989 - UNESCO Fellowship to follow the Graduate Diploma Course in Rock Art Conservation, University of Canberra, Australia. (US $ 10,000)
1978-80 Greek Government Scholarship to study Byzantine Art,
University of Thessaloniki. (Approx. Greek Drahma 300,000 and return airfare)
Travel Grants to attend Conferences or Training Programs
(In all cases, the grants included the conference registration fee, return air fare, cost of hotel accommodation, and a per dime allowance)
2010 Getty Grant Program and International Institute for Conservation grant to attend the IIC Congress in Istanbul (but unable to attend due to difficulty in getting the visa to Turkey). Grant returned back to the IIC.
2008 ICOMOS-China grant to present a paper at the International Seminar on Conservation of Painted Surfaces on Wooden Structures in East Asia. Beijing. 29th Oct. - 01st Nov.
2008 Getty Grant Program and International Institute for Conservation grant to attend the IIC London Congress: Conservation and Access, 15-19 September.
2008 Getty Program grant to present a paper at the 32nd Congress of the International Historians of Art (CIHA), University of Melbourne, 13-18 January.
2006 Arizona State University grant to present a paper at the International Research Consultation Meeting on Buddhist Objects: Knowledge, Ritual, and Art. Phoenix, Arizona. 6-7, October.
2006 Getty Program grant to attend the 7th International Conference of the Infrared User Group (IRUG &), New York City. 28-31 March
2005 University of Tokyo grant to present a paper at the XIXth World Congress
of the International Association for the History of Religions, Tokyo. 24-30 March..
2004 National University of Singapore grant to present a paper at the International
Symposium 'Our Modernities: Positioning Asian Art Now', Singapore.19-22, Feb.
2003 National University of Singapore grant to present a paper at the 3rd International Convention of Asia Scholars, Singapore. 19-22 August.
2001 Grant by the Freer Gallery of Art to present a paper at the First Forbes Symposium on Scientific Research in the Field of Asian Art, Washington DC. 28-30 September.
1998 Archaeological Institute of America grant to present a paper at the 100th Annual Meeting. Washington DC 27-30 December.
1998 Grant by the UNESCO to attend (as an observer) the International Conference on Multimedia in Humanities, New Delhi. 5-7 October.
1990 Grant from the Getty Conservation Institute to attend Adobe ’90: the 6th International Conference on Earthen Architecture, Las Cruses, New Mexico, USA. 14-19, October.
1989 Two grants form the Australian Ministry of External Affairs and the Australian Rock Art Research Association to attend the First International Congress in Rock Art, Darwin, Australia.