Sumi Perera RE

International award-winning printmaker Sumi Perera RE subtly fuses the expertise of traditional printmaking techniques with contemporary production processes. She creates beautifully constructed images and assemblages with architectural precision, incorporating processes such as stitching, laser cutting, folding, sandblasting and engraving as additional modes of drawing to open up new ideas beyond the perceived boundaries of print.

Perera's career backgorund working as a doctor and a scientist feeds into her artistic practice and is reminiscent of the Renaissance's idiosyncratic integration of the Arts and Sciences; the resulting work is a studious examination of the visual world, eminating an experimental, research-like quality with an exacting eye for detail. 

Perera’s work is a visual exploration of constructed space, which sometimes conjurers a sense of urban or geographical mapping. Having spent time growing up in both Sri Lanka and the UK, much of her work is influenced by the idea of blurring the restrictiveness of boundaries. Clean, symmetrically considered interlocking edges gives her work a delicate sense of temporality. This air of ephemerality is important for Perera as she notes that, for her, the allure of printmaking lies within the stream of possibilities and variables presented by a set of processes. She will quite often rework old printing plates and use discarded materials to build new work, questioning the label of a ‘finished’ piece of work set within the flux of the ever developing contemporary world.

Perera has won countless prizes for her work and exhibits worldwide. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and a member of the Society of Designers Craftsman. Her international award-winning work is held in prominent public collections including Tate Britain, V&A Museum, Ashmolean Museum, Yale Centre for British Art, USA and has recently been short listed to be included in the Smithsonian Museum collection, USA.

Articles and Reviews

Bankside Newsletter Autumn 2017 Sumi Perera

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Sumi Perera Bath Chronicle Feb 2017

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Printmakers Council - Sumi Perera

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Printmakers Council 50th Anniversary - Sumi Perera

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Printmaking Today - Sumi Perera

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Art in Print: Sumi Perera, Prix de Print no 13

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    Think Outside the White Box V - Sumi Perera RE

    Think Outside the White Box V

    etching and aquatint

    Edition: 4/50

    32 x 32 cm (52.5 x 51.5 cm with frame)

    £250

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    Rebuilding the Built XII - Sumi Perera RE

    Rebuilding the Built XII

    etching, aquatint and hand-colouring

    Edition: 5/30

    44 x 49 cm (67 x 72 cm with frame)

    £720

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    Rebuilding the Built XI [Blueprint] - Sumi Perera RE

    Rebuilding the Built XI [Blueprint]

    etching, aquatint

    Edition: 30

    44 x 49 cm

    £370

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    Inside Out - Outside In [Soundscape Series] XXI - Sumi Perera RE

    Inside Out - Outside In [Soundscape Series] XXI

    etching, aquatint, embossing and monoprint

    Edition: unique

    56 x 38 cm (71 x 51 cm with frame)

    £550

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    Inside Out - Outside In [Soundscape Series] XX - Sumi Perera RE

    Inside Out - Outside In [Soundscape Series] XX

    etching, aquatint, embossing and monoprint

    Edition: unique

    56 x 38 cm (71 x 51 cm with frame)

    £550

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    Inside Out - Outside In [Soundscape Series] XXIII - Sumi Perera RE

    Inside Out - Outside In [Soundscape Series] XXIII

    etching, aquatint, embossing and monoprint

    Edition: unique

    56 x 38 cm (71 x 51 cm with frame)

    £550

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    Lines Exploring Space Inside the Building Blocks LI - Sumi Perera RE

    Lines Exploring Space Inside the Building Blocks LI

    etching, aquatint, watercolour and pastel

    Edition: 4/20

    56 x 33 cm (71 x 47 cm with frame)

    £380

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    Lines Exploring Space Inside the Building Blocks LII - Sumi Perera RE

    Lines Exploring Space Inside the Building Blocks LII

    etching, aquatint, watercolour and pastel

    Edition: 4/20

    56 x 33 cm (71 x 47 cm with frame)

    £380

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    Lines Exploring Space Inside the Building Blocks LIII - Sumi Perera RE

    Lines Exploring Space Inside the Building Blocks LIII

    etching, aquatint, watercolour and pastel

    Edition: 4/20

    56 x 33 cm (71 x 47 cm with frame)

    £380

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    Lines Exploring Space Inside the Building Blocks I - Sumi Perera RE

    Lines Exploring Space Inside the Building Blocks I

    etching , aquatint and pencil

    Edition: 4/20

    50 x 50 cm (55 x 55 cm with frame)

    £380

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    Lines Exploring Space Inside the Building Blocks II - Sumi Perera RE

    Lines Exploring Space Inside the Building Blocks II

    etching , aquatint and pencil

    Edition: 4/20

    50 x 50 cm (55 x 55 cm with frame)

    £380

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    Lines Exploring Space Inside the Building Blocks III - Sumi Perera RE

    Lines Exploring Space Inside the Building Blocks III

    etching, aquatint and pencil

    Edition: 4/20

    50 x 50 cm (55 x 55 cm with frame)

    £380

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    Think Outside the Glass Box - Sumi Perera RE

    Think Outside the Glass Box

    etching and aquatint

    Edition: 5/20

    50 x 30 cm (72 x 51 cm with frame)

    £580

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    Rebuilding the Unbuilt [Blueprint] (Top) - Sumi Perera RE

    Rebuilding the Unbuilt [Blueprint] (Top)

    etching , aquatint and embossing

    Edition: 20

    60 x 39 cm

    £380

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    Rebuilding the Unbuilt [Blueprint] (Bottom) - Sumi Perera RE

    Rebuilding the Unbuilt [Blueprint] (Bottom)

    etching and aquatint

    Edition: 20

    60 x 39 cm

    £380

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    Lines Exploring Space Between the Building Blocks XXX - Sumi Perera RE

    Lines Exploring Space Between the Building Blocks XXX

    etching and aquatint

    Edition: unique

    56 x 76 cm

    £530

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    Climbing the Sticky Ladder VIII - Sumi Perera RE

    Climbing the Sticky Ladder VIII

    etching and aquatint

    Edition: 4/50

    50 x 15 cm (69 x 34 cm with frame)

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    Climbing Over the Glass Ceiling I - Sumi Perera RE

    Climbing Over the Glass Ceiling I

    etching and aquatint

    Edition: variable edition of 50

    38 x 56 cm

    £220

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    Rhythms of Life 51.2393˚N, 0.1726˚W (VII) - Sumi Perera RE

    Rhythms of Life 51.2393˚N, 0.1726˚W (VII)

    etching, aquatint, embossing

    Edition: 50

    49.5 x 39.5cm

    £300

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    Rhythms of Life 51.2393˚N, 0.1726˚W (VIII) - Sumi Perera RE

    Rhythms of Life 51.2393˚N, 0.1726˚W (VIII)

    etching, aquatint, embossing

    Edition: 50

    49.5 x 39.5cm

    £300

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    Inside Out-Outside In [IO-OI] XVII - Sumi Perera RE

    Inside Out-Outside In [IO-OI] XVII

    collagraph, chine colle, etching, aquatint and incision

    Edition: unique

    60 x 60 cm (69 x 68 cm with frame)

    £750

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    Rebuilding the Unbuilt [Ghost i] - Sumi Perera RE

    Rebuilding the Unbuilt [Ghost i]

    etching, aquatint and incision

    Edition: variable edition of 3

    70 x 50 cm

    £300

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    Rebuilding the Unbuilt [Ghost ii] - Sumi Perera RE

    Rebuilding the Unbuilt [Ghost ii]

    etching, aquatint and incision

    Edition: variable edition of 3

    70 x 50 cm (83 x 61cm with frame)

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    Inside Out-Outside In [IO-OI] I - Sumi Perera RE

    Inside Out-Outside In [IO-OI] I

    etching and aquatint

    Edition: variable edition of 10

    56 x 38 cm (76 x 56 cm with frame)

    £390

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    RnB (Rhythm and Blue) VI - Sumi Perera RE

    RnB (Rhythm and Blue) VI

    etching, aquatint, embossing

    Edition: 20

    23 x 23cm

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    Urban Jungle Beat - Sumi Perera RE

    Urban Jungle Beat

    etching, aquatint, pen and pencil

    Edition: 50

    40 x 39.5cm

    £300

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    Urban Jungle Beat V - Sumi Perera RE

    Urban Jungle Beat V

    etching, aquatint, embossing, stitch on paper

    Edition: 20

    45 x 24cm

    £200

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    Climbing the Sticky Ladder IV - Sumi Perera RE

    Climbing the Sticky Ladder IV

    etching, aquatint, thread

    Edition: 50

    49 x 14cm (75 x 56 cm with frame)

    £500

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