Artist: Abraham C G S Amarasekera

Date of Birth:
Residence in Dumfries & Galloway:

Visited Creetown in 1940.  Stranded in England early in the war Amarasekera and his son Douglas spent some time at Kirkmabreck Manse with the Rev C V A McEachern.


St Thomas College, Mutwal, Sri Lanka

Exhibited At:

First exhibited Ceylon Society of Arts,1903. Exhibited Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, in the period 1936 – 1940


ACGS Amarasekera is listed in The Dictionary of British Artists 1880 – 1940. 

Amarasekera is mentioned in Do you Remember Can You Forget? by C V A McEachern, Galloway Gazette, Newton Stewart, 1967


Created Mudaliyar in 1924, Amarasekera was Chairman of the Fine Arts Committee of the Colombo Plan Exhibition in 1952.  He painted the portrait of many leading figures in Sri Lanka.


The Rev McEachern wrote: "My interest in conjuring stems from my friendship with Mudaliyar A G S Amarasekera, who was not only the leading artist in Ceylon but also a professional Conjuror, known as "The Gay Deceiver".  Early in the second world war he and his brilliant son, who had matriculated at Cambridge, were stranded in England when Cambridge suddenly closed down pro tempore.  The Mudaliyar was up to that time the only artist who had the distinction of having painted both Rabindranth Tagore and Mahatma Ghandi.  For a period they were our guests in Scotland in Kirkmabreck Manse, where they remained until he was appointed an entertainer to the troops overseas.  His fascinating little wife was Principal of the Colombo Academy of Dancing."


CVA McEachern, the Minister of Kirkmabreck, had worked in Colombo beteen 1922 and 1929.


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