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Sri Lankan paints the Queen

Prashan Deepthakuma had a childhood dream to become a painter and to help younger generation to use their inborn talents by expressing things in the visual form. Born and bred at Bandaragama in the Kalutara District, Prashan began his illustrious career at a tender age of eight years.

Prashan Deepthakumara

After painting thousands of portraits of local and internationally renowned personalities, Prashan who is currently domiciled in UK had a dream of painting the portrait of one of the most respected iconic personalities in the world today, Queen Elizabeth 11. He ultimately achieved his goal and finished the portrait of the Queen and also the Buckingham Palace.

Although Prashan knew that it was a difficult task to reach this great person who is loved by billions of people all over the world, several occasions he attempted to meet her personally to convey the message through the Sri Lankan High Commission in London.

He said his first attempt was successful as he had the opportunity to contact the officials of the Buckingham Palace through Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner in London Sugeeswara Gunaratna.

Although Prashan was unable to meet the Queen Elizabeth due to her busy schedule, he met one of the officials attached to the Queen’s office and handed over the Queen’s portrait and other paintings of the Buckingham Palace to him.

“I was also lucky to visit the Buckingham Palace as a special guest and according to Palace officials I am the only Sri Lankan painter other than a Head of State or a diplomat was invited officially to this prestigious ancient Palace,” he said.

Prashan proudly said that a senior official from the Buckingham Palace informed him that the Queen’s portrait which is 56x4 inches is now displayed in a prominent place in the Buckingham Palace where there are many other portraits that are painted by international artists.

In addition, Prashan said during the days in his motherland Sri Lanka he also conducted few art exhibitions. To his credit he had done the paintings of Sri Lankan ancient temples including the Dalada Maligawa and Sri Maha Bodiya, religious places such as the World famous Sigiriya, the Sinhala and Tamil New Year traditions, ancient dances, the Kandy and Bellanwila peraharas, animals, religious dignitaries and famous personalities in the caliber of W. D. Amaradeva, Premasiri Kemadasa, Victor Rtanayaka, Gamini Fonseka, Mallini Fonseka and many others. 

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