Name: Saskia Fernando
Title: Gallery Owner
Artists represented: Abdul Halik Azeez, Chandraguptha Thenuwar, Firi Rahman, Gayan Prageeth, Hanusha Somasunderam, Jagath Weerasinghe, M. Vijitharan, Mika Tennekoon, Muvindu Binoy, Nadia Haji Omar, Nuwan Nalaka, Pathmal Yahampath, Prageeth Manohansa, Pramith Geekiyanage, Priyantha Udagedara, Rajni Perera, Ruwan Prasanna, Sarath Gunasiri Perera, Saskia Pintelon, Scott Gardiner, Sujeewa Kumari, T.Shanaathanan
September - Hanusha Somasunderam
October - Cassie Machado
November - Saskia Pintelon
December - Priyantha Udagedara
I have no typical day and try to keep it that way. I'm between offices, workshops and studios continuously. In addition to my work as a Gallerist I design jewellery and work with my family businesses, and I love that every day changes.
My advice for someone who wants to start collecting art is…
Take your time to find work that you like. Walk into galleries and ask them to pull work out for you and give you as much information as possible. Collecting art is personal and when you decide to buy a piece it should be one that you connect with that is also a good investment.
That in itself was my inspiration. I enjoyed the work I did with artists beyond organising their shows in my previous experience as curator of Paradise Road Galleries. Within myself I always wanted to become an artist but I never pursued it, my gallery gives me the opportunity to be a part of the, more often than not, private world of the artists I work with.
The local market for art is perhaps the greatest challenge. Art has yet to catch on with those who are able to invest in good art locally which means most of the work purchased leaves the country. We started a platform called Collectors Desk last year which aims to change this by providing the corporate sector as well as individuals with the information on how to collect, invest and support the art industry.
I attended the Dhaka Art Summit for the first time this year and was pleased to see the thorough representation of South Asian work through the curated shows. Diana Campbell Betancourt, the summit curator, placed a lot of effort into including artists from the entire region. It was the first time, in my opinion, this was correctly done.
To find out more about Saskia Fernando Gallery, click here.
Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.
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