D.RajaSegar(born 1951) known as Segar, is a Sri Lankan artist and sculptor. A self tutored artist born on 4th Dec 1951 to poor parents in the suburb of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.He use to walk to school which was 5 km away from home to save bus fare so that he could eat something during the interval. After schooling at St Michael's College, Polwatte, Colombo-3 at the age of 19, he started working in a soft drinks manufacturing company in the field of accountancy.While studying for his accountancy examinations he spent most of his time in the reference sections of the British Council library in Colombo.There he was able to browse through a collection of books and periodicals on art and artists.In his news paper interviews he always states;British Council was my university of fine art.Monotonous work in the accountancy department started to bore him.Segar started to design his own greeting cards purely based on the day to day lifestyle of Sri Lankans.
His cards became an instant hit as most of the greeting cards in Sri Lanka were copied from the paintings of western countries. The art lovers who saw his cards wanted him to make large paintings. Hence, comfortably he became a painter. To give his art a serious impact Segar started experimenting the refractive effect of light in his abstract and figurative cubism. He loves to work in watercolor, oil and mixed media. In sculpture he works in steel.He has had one man exhibitions in Australia, England, India [members.rediff.com] and Sri Lanka in addition to group exhibitions.Though his paintings on gods and religions were adorned by the art lovers, he remains an atheist. His art adorned in news papers, documentaries and periodicals including Reader's Digest In 1988 he attempted suicide as a result of failed love affair but changed the idea as he thought of more than 20 of his unsigned paintings. In 1996 Segar had his 19th solo exhibition in Colombo and donated the sales proceed of more than US$5000 to the Neurosurgery Trust Fund of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka, in the year which his wife Vejeyashanthinie 29 years, died of brain stem cancer. The Housing Scheme 1977 and The Buddha 1987 are the two famous paintings in his prolific career.He lives in a house architectured by Minnette De Silva. This house conceived from Segar's imagination when he was 12 years old.
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Major international exhibitions
1988 Chetana Gallery Bombay - India
1990 Mosman Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1991 Gallery 202 London W11 - England
1992 The Fiveway Gallery, Paddington, Sydney, Australia
1994 Arteast Gallery. Vancouver BE Canada
2002 Art Exquisite Raffles hotel - Singapore
2002 SAARC Artist meet - New Delhi, India
2003 Jamaat Art Gallery – Mumbai, India
2004 Women on top 'Jamaat Art Gallery’http://www.jamaatart.com/previous8.html
2006 Lakshana Art Gallery, Chennai, India
2008 Delhi Diplomatic Art Circle, Delhi,India
2009 [M.F.Husain] Art Gallery,Delhi,India.
2010 Alankritha Art Gallery,Hyderabad,India.
2013 ION Gallery, Singapore
One man exhibitions in Sri Lanka
Lionel Wendt Art Gallery Colombo 1987 1988 1993 1996 1997 1999 2000
British Council Colombo 1985
Hotel Lanka Oberoi Colombo 1986
Ramada Renaissance Colombo 1989 1991
Alliance Francaise 1984 1985 1991 1993 1995 2009
National Art Gallery Colombo1992
Gallery 706 Colombo 1994
Segar Gallery web site inauguration 1998
Bishops College Auditorium, Colombo 2002 http://www.saatchionline.com/art/Unknown-The-Fisher.../view - United States
Felix gallery, Colombo 2004 http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2004/10/17/fea30.html
Hermitage Gallery, Colombo, 2005 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sri_lankan_art/ -
Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel Gallery-2009
Horton Gardens Gallery-2011, Colombo http://www.thesundayleader.lk/.../thirty-sixth-one-man-show-for-raja-segar … Read More