- Received the best portrait award from Late Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike in 1995 annual art exhibition held at the National gallery, Colombo 7.
- Received the SLINT GL annual award in 2012 for my portraits of the past presidents of the institute.
- Has been recognised by a permanent exhibit of a portrait of late foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar at the National Art gallery , Colombo 7.
A master portrait painter who is equally adept at sketching, water colour and multimedia, Brindley is skilled at capturing human moods and expressions. He is well- known and respected for his work both internationally and locally. In 2016 he received the state awarded title ‘Kalabooshana’ in recognition of his services to the country.
From his childhood Brindley had a keen sense of observation and the rare ability to bring out the beauty and character of a face, in a true to life manner in a drawing or painting. Hailing from Matara, Brindley’s talent was noted at a young age and he soon began sculpting, painting and experimenting with a range of media and styles.
It his belief that by observing the features and his subject’s character to understand the differences in the human face, it is possible to capture the subject and mood perfectly. Brindley is able to work from a photograph or a live sitting with equal ease.
He uses soft pastel, compressed charcoal, oil and acrylic as his media for portraits supported on acid free paper or canvas. He believes that portraits illustrates how special his subject is and makes a unique and timeless gift.
This artist’s career began in 1975, and his passion and commitment to art continues to grow to date. His love for portraits was truly awakened in Germany at theAkthof Art Academy, Munich, where he followed a life drawing course. This inspired him to pursue portraiture professionally.
He further honed his skills and knowledge in the sphere of portrait drawing, figure drawing and painting at theCamberwell School of Art and Heatherley’sSchool of Fine Art.He also attended the Chelsea College of Fine Art where he learnt portrait drawing and painting.
While touring the galleries of Europe, studying both the masters and contemporary exhibitors, Brindley continued to experiment with different media and styles, which led him to develop his own unique style. He creates portraits in a traditional way, painting true to life oil portraits in a fine, modern style. He aims to capture the sitter’s likeness and personality while bringing out those special elements that sets his or her apart.
His work won the 1st prize for a watercolour portrait at the Gravesend art group annual exhibition in England. In Sri Lanka, he held a solo exhibition in portraits, figurative drawings and paintings in 2002 at the Lionel Wendt. Doing his part for the arts in the country, Brindley also served as Past Vice President of Ceylon Society of Arts.
- Exhibition of portraits, figurative drawings and paintings in 2002 at the Lionel Wendt.
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
- The State awarded title ‘Kalabooshana’ in recognition of his services to the country.
- 1st prize for a watercolour portrait at the Gravesend art group annual exhibition in England.
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