Saskia Pintelon Pringiers moved to Sri Lanka from Belgium with her husband and family in 1982. Pintelon studied art and thereafter continued teaching the subject at St. Lucas in Ghent, Belgium. Her career as an artist flourished in Sri Lanka and the subject of her work became increasingly entwined with the rich culture of her new island abode.
Throughout the 80s and 90s in addition to exhibiting in Belgium, Italy and France, Saskia held numerous shows at the Oberoi Art Gallery and the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery.
Today Pintelon has developed a collector base in both Europe and Asia. Her largest collection still remains in Sri Lanka and this solo is the first of the artists since five years.
In this time Pintelon has participated in various group shows and her most recent solo was held at the Yavuz Fine Art Gallery in the emerging Asian art capital, Singapore. This exhibition featured the artist’s series of cotton canvas works titled ‘Getting to the Heart’.
The series marked a shift in the artist’s career, not only in terms of medium, but also technique and style.
The works are marked with phrases; a signature of the artist who has written on her the majority of her works, but the writing now however is stitched on the canvas in the writing style of Pintelon. The merging colours are a clear inspiration from the artists change of scenery after moving to Mirissa from Colombo, where she now spends most of her time when in the country.
The series being exhibited by Pintelon at Saskia Fernando Gallery is a continuation from these new works. The canvases are larger and consistently minimalist. The exhibition includes seven large works that will remain on display until 26 February 2012.
Paradise Road Galleries will exhibit Pintelon’s previous series of Faces, published in 2007 in her according style ‘Book of Faces’.
This will be the first time Pintelon exhibits this complete series of work in Sri Lanka and this is the artist’s ninth exhibition at Paradise Road Galleries.