From a Review in the Sri Lanka Sunday Observer, 29 November 1981
"To me painting is a way of saying what I feel. But sometimes the result surprises
me as well." It was Jayalakshmi Satyendra talking about painting and herself on the
eve of her departure to the Soviet Union to hold a two week exibition of her paintings at
the invitation of the Soviet Cultural Ministry and the Peoples Union of Artists of the
Jayalakshmi made her first impact on the art scene when she carried away both the First
and Second Prizes at the Annual Exhibition of the Ceylon Society of Arts in 1973. The
following year she won the only prize that was awarded for
portraiture. She has not looked back since.
Her first one person exhibition was at the Lionel Wendt (in Colombo) in 1975 and she
was one of five artists who were featured in the Grand Galerie in the same year. Her
second one person exibition was at the invitation of the German Cultural Institute in
The exibition of 50 paintings which Jayalakshmi is taking to Moscow shows a diversity
of style which is suprising in any artist. She feels that style should not confine
expression. Jayalakshmi's extraordinary command and use of color
gives her paintings a vibrancy and power which attracts and rivets attention.
Her painting 'Thoughts' reflects the restless fluttering of the mind and search for
tranquility in the calmness of contemplation. There is a touch of
Van Gogh in some of
her landscapes where she has
used the palette
knife as a substitute for the paint brush."