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Group 43

The 43 Group in Sri Lanka emerged in 1943 in reaction against the official inclination towards academic realism and artistic stagnation of the Ceylon Arts Society. Photographer Lionel Wendt along with Harry Peries became the initiators of this group and the first exhibition included their works along with George Keyt, Ivan Peries, WJG Beling, AC Collette among others. The 43 Group sought to bring together these already established artists working with "non-traditional" aesthetics and techniques and vouched to create a vibrant and avant-garde art context in the country. This group, even though fuelled by a unifying catalyst, never undermined the idiosyncrasies and individual merits of the artists in the group.

The Rebels of '43, Illustration