Boston - An Artists View

Boston - An Artists View

An Exhibition by Rohan Goonewardena

FREE ENTRY- Foyer Gallery open between 10am - 4pm Monday - Sat

My name is Rohan Goonewardena and I am an artist that grew up and lived, since the age of 2, in Boston from 1971-1991.  I attended St Botolph’s school in Pump square going onto the Boston Grammar School in the early 80’s. My parents, Shelly and Chris, owned the ‘Pop Shop’ café in town for a while and I spent many summer holidays in the 1970’s eating and drinking their profits away.

I recently painted Boston Stump and the river Witham, turning the image into Posters which I then gave out in the Stump for donations, raising over £600 for St Botolph’s Church. One of my larger posters hangs in the Council offices.

The positive vibes I felt from all the Bostonians I met in the stump that day have inspired me to look into creating more paintings of my home town.

I decided to paint a series entitled ‘Boston……An Artists View’ incorporating many of Boston’s better known landmarks  along with locations that are not as well know……. but should be.

My paintings are representations of both mine and my family’s memories of growing up in Boston and I have tried to portray the town in a contemporary style.

You can visit exhibition at Blackfriars Art Centre from Monday Oct 30th – Saturday Nov 25th.

I will be having an Open Evening, where you are all welcome to come along and say hello, on Sunday Nov 5th at Blackfriars from 7-9pm.

I have lived all over the world from America to Ireland and back to England but whenever I am asked where I am from, I always say Boston.

Blackfriars undoubtedly plays a very important role as Boston's centre for entertainment and the arts. It is home to two very successful local amateur dramatic and operatic groups, as well as hosting a varied program of professional stage productions.