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Paintings by John Henri de Saram

After a fulfilling career as a teacher at his old school the Royal College, Colombo and international civil servant, Henri has been able to devote more time to his painting. His evocative seascapes and landscapes of rural Sri Lanka add a touch of serendipity to the homes of many expatriates now living in the USA, England, Dubai, Australia and Malaysia.

Painting is therapy, he says, not just for the artist but also for those who can respond to the finished work - hence Henri's recent donation of a series of paintings for each room of the Ceylon Cancer Society Homes in Maharagama. Or as one critic mused, 'there are some of us who prefer to wake up to a tranquil scene than a gargoyle'.

Currently he is experimenting with collage and acrylics, literally giving another dimension to his work.

As with his previous exhibitions a proportion of the proceeds will be donated to the Cancer Homes in Maharagama, Sri Lanka.

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Landscapes - Sri Lanka I

Depicting the rich variety of the Sri Lankan landscape

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Recent Messages

From Mohamed Peroos
Dear Henri
I was one of your students at Royal. entered in 59 and left in 66. So wonderful to see your paintings. I live in Brighton UK. I wish we can meet for a chat. May God bless you Sir!! M Peroos
Response: Good to hear from you. Do drop in when next in Colombo
From malinee peris
Hi! Henri
They are beautiful and I am sure will be a great success wherever you exhibit them. Your seascape is hanging in my living room and I love it. So many people have admired it. I like the catamaran at dusk the most of these paintings. I love them all but I have a special interest in seascapes as you know.
Good luck on your next exhibition.
Response: Tks for the good wishes. Will send you an update of all the local news when we get back to SL mid-April. -love from Asoka too
From Bashie + Nandana
Hi Henri,
Great pieces of art. Well done. This was sent to be by my little sister Anusha, fondly known as Bunty. I am sure you have no clue as to whom I am, nevertheless, my husband & I enjoyed these masterpieces. Absolutely beautiful. All the best. We loved the lone elephant the best.

Nandana and Bashie
Response: Of course I rememberyou & Bunty visits us often. If you care to send us your phone number asoka & I will try to call you when we get back to SYD from MEL next week - Henri
From Fatima
Dear Henri,
Thank you very much for sending us the link to your webpage . The paintings are beautiful . I took a snap shot of CORMORANTS when we visited you in Colombo!

WeI must apologise for not communicating with you for a while . Navid always fondly talks of you and Asoka.
Last year was a busy one. Navid went to Tehran in June ; his mother passed away. His family (sister, brother and nephew) came to visit us from Iran and Canada in November .
My sister and her daughter came to KL during summer to be with us and mum(she is with us for the last two years.) . Unfortunately my brother-in-law could not take leave. They are planning to be in KL this summer again for month .
End of this month Navid will join me on my mission travel to Morocco (the Info network meeting in Casablanca) . After the meeting we plan to visit Marrakech, Fes and Rabat for a week . On the way back he will go to Tehran for a month . But I will retun to KL .

I hope you and Asoka will visit us in KL in near future.
We wish you both a good trip to Australia. Please say 'hello' to Harin for me.
Take care and best regards to you and Asoka.

Fatima & Navid
Response: Thanks for the update. Look forward to seeing you both sometime soon in Colombo
From Tarlo (INFOFISH)
Hi, Henri. Really nice paintings! I enjoyed viewing them. Thanks also for your note to the office. Hope you and Asoka are keeping well. Over here, things are fine. Jasbir and I are still in the same old routine of going to work, coming home, etc etc. Avishan, our son, is now in Secondary 2. He is doing alright in school and is a very keen sportsman. He is especially into football - a true blue MU fan! Best regards.

Response: Good to hear from you & thanks for the good wishes
From Jet
The paintings take me back to Sri Lanka and its great natural beauty. Good luck in your travels!
From Randy Baptist
Dear Sir,

The paintings are sure to be a big hit in Sri Lanka, Australia or wherever they are dispalyed. Could they be viewed at some place in Colombo?

Randy Baptist

(U VI B) 1964

(Your class)

Response: Good to hear from you. Guess the best place to view the paintings would be at my home in Lauries road, after our return from OZ! It would be a special pleasure to meet you after all these years.
From Darrell Lieversz
I would never have thought that you had such creative talents. My cousin Eardley introduced me to your website. The name Henri threw me off but not John (de Saram). Dont know if you remember me at Royal. I like your Seascapes very much. I also dabble in watercolour painting and am enjoying it. Hope we can meet when in Melbourne. I am a member of the Samanala Art Group and we are exhibiting at the Kingston Arts Centre Gallery from 18th March to 8th April.
Response: Good to hear from you. Will drop in on your exhibition when we are in MEL early April.
From M Thillai Nadesan (6
congrats royalist can achieve in all feilds

Response: Many thanks for your kind comments!
From Lalith Paranavitana
Dear Sir,

It is great to know that you are still active and living life as you should. You certainly are an example to others. God Bless you.

Lalith Paranavitana
Former Tea Planter
now doing a Tea business in the USA.
Response: Good to hear from you after all these years. Your kind comments are much appreciated
From P Mendis
Love your work . May they be greatly appreciated in Australia !