Below you will find information about most our artists. A few artists are yet to be listed.
Ajith Susantha was a major contributor to our UK Art Lanka exhibition in 2008 and we have stayed in touch ever since. He is a dynamic experimentalist who is forever coming up with innovative design ideas in acrylics, mixed media & 3D sculpture of various types. He has exhibited his works in England and Norway, as well as the Colombo galleries.
Bandara Dissanayake was greatly encouraged by his school (D B Vijetunga state school in Kandy) to develop his obvious innate potential in abstract art. He went on to attend the University of Visual and Performing Arts in Colombo and is now established on the Colombo art scene with a number of successful exhibitions at city galleries.
|H P N Chanka’s home is in the town of Kurunegala, though he attended school and university in Colombo. He says he gets the inspiration for his paintings from the ‘careful observation of people’s behaviour. Both of his parents were artistically talented and he has never considered any other profession. His work has appeared regularly in many Colombo exhibitions and in 2013 he was awarded Gold Medal at the 125th Annual exhibition held by the Ceylon Society of Arts at the National Art Gallery. |
|Janaka Goonathilaka entered the Fine Arts University of Kelaniya in 1977 and launched his own company, Savi Arts Creations, in 1980. He is a painter, screen printer, photographer, interior designer, actor and lecturer. However, his chief joy and fulfillment remains in abstract painting. He has exhibited widely in Sri Lanka and has also won several lucrative contracts producing works for one of the most prestigious hotel chains in the Maldives. In recent years he was afflicted by serious ill-health which completely immobilised him – so it is very good to see him back in action again. His paintings are always popular with visitors to our gallery. |
Kalahe Jayasinghe has developed his highly distinctive style entirely from his own creative imagination and experience. Even as a boy of 8, he knew he wanted to be a painter. He went to the local school at Unavatuna (one of the loveliest Southern seaside villages). Thereafter he did not have the benefit of any formal education but has made his living as an artist and now runs his own small gallery.
An experienced artist with a growing reputation in Sri Lanka, Kamantha Jayalal has exhibited in numerous galleries and venues in Colombo including the National Art Gallery and the Bandaranaike Memorial Hall. He enjoys sculpture in clay, as well as art in acrylics, oils, watercolours and charcoal. He is married and lives with his family in Piliyandala, Colombo.
|Having graduated from the University of Moratuwa with a BSc in Environmental Building, Lani Senanayake set up her own gallery and is involved with architecture and interior design. Her first love is painting, especially in acrylics on canvas. She particularly admires the work of Aruna Senanayake (no relation). We were delighted that Lani Senanayake contributed handsomely to our Art Lanka 2008 exhibition in UK. Her work was extremely well received. This was especially gratifying since she was at that time the only female artist whose work we featured. |
|Manjula Taldoowa has exhibited in many Sri Lankan galleries and venues such as the Galadari Hotel, the Barefoot Gallery and the National Art Gallery. He attributes his exciting sense of colour combination to the influence of traditional Sri Lankan batik makers. He says his whole artistic career so far has been a journey of experimentation. His innovative work, especially in acrylics, is popular at the gallery. |
Key influences in Roshan Kumara’s development, he says, include Picasso and David Paynter, as well as the ancient art of Sri Lankan Buddhism. His watercolours have been exhibited at the National Art Gallery of Sri Lanka. For several years he has taught art in Meemure, a very remote village in the ‘Knuckles’ mountains of central Sri Lanka. He was a key contributor to our Art Lanka 2008 exhibition in the UK.
|Rukman was recently involved in the ‘Kala Pola’ exhibition organized by the George Keyt Foundation in Colombo. His canvases always display originality and an unusual colour sense. Buddhism is a key influence in much of his work. His artistic expression is also evident in his music – he is an accomplished guitarist and lyricist. |
|Wife of Lasantha Nanayakkara(see separate listing), Thamara specializes in paintings which illustrate the great tradition of Buddhist art which is central to the rich cultural history of the nation. Born in Anuradapura, the most extensive archaeological centre in the Cutlural Triangle, she graduated with a degree in Multi-Disciplinary Design and now works in conjunction with Lasantha in Colombo. |
Dilrukshi has recently been specializing in smaller canvases, especially depicting elephant figures and other motifs which appeal greatly to visitors looking for an unusual image with real design flair. Her home town is Matara, on the south coast of Sri Lanka, but much of her time is now spent working in Colombo where she has exhibited at a number of well-regarded galleries.
|Mohan Senadeera ( brother of Lani Senanayake – see separate listing) is a noted portraitist, in addition to being an abstract painter and designer. He was pleased to win a prestigious commission some years ago to paint the late Lakshman Kadiragamar, the Sri Lankan ex-foreign minister who was assassinated in 2005. His versatility is remarkable and he has recently been producing highly detailed watercolours of endemic Sri Lankan birds. |
|A graduate of the University of Visual & Performing Arts, Kokila now has a well-deserved reputation for high quality work, especially in acrylics. She is at the same time a respected teacher of art in a state school in Batharamulla. |
|Lasantha’s home town is Makola, near Colombo. His flair for art & design gained him a place at the University of VPA where he graduated with a BFA specializing in Multidisciplinary Design. His recent exhibition “Luminusense” at the Lionel Wendt Gallery was very well received. His wife Thamara is also a highly respected artist (see separate listing). |
With a highly developed sense of style and stylishness, Vikum says that painting, above any other activity, gives him complete freedom of self-expression. He’s a graduate (BFA) of the University of Visual and Performing Arts in Colombo and is now an art teacher at Hameed Al- Husseini College, Colombo.
|Ajith Gunatilaka’s home is at Aruppola in Kandy, very near to our gallery. A graduate of the University of Visual and Performing Arts in Colombo, he teaches art in a local school but also enjoys a growing reputation as a freelance artist. He works in various media and has had great success with his abstract sculptures. However, he particularly enjoys painting watercolours. |
|A Kandyan born & bred, Jeewantha’s artistic ability was evident when he was a boy at Dharmaraja College. He went on to study at the University of VPA in Colombo and followed this with a year at the Swan Art Foundation in Kandy. He is a dynamic contributor to the Sri Lankan art scene in various fields including gem craft and art direction for teledramas, films and commercials. He is now a visiting lecturer at Peradeniya University and the organiser of Sri Lanka Art Educationists` Association (SLAEDA) in Kandy. His watercolours of typical Sri Lankan scenes have proved extremely popular with visitors to the gallery. |
Nimal Karunadasa is a watercolourist who, over the years, has developed a very attractive style incorporating fine line drawing as well as colour wash. A frequent finalist in national art championships, he was placed 3rd in the prestigious competition run by the Asia Pacific Art Conference in 2008. In addition, he is a cartoonist whose work is often seen in a number of national newspapers in Sri Lanka. He is an art teacher at a local school and lives in Kandy.
|Another Kandyan who attended Dharmaraja College, Nuwan has a particular interest in the ancient artistic tradition of Bhuddism. Following graduation (BFA) he joined the National Crafts Council. In 1999 he was involved with the restoration of priceless artefacts at the Sri Dalada Maligawa which had suffered serious damage in a terrorist bomb attack. He also has qualifications from the Ministry of Culture as an Antique Replica Designer. His pictures incorporating leaves of the sacred Buddhist Bo tree have been very popular at the gallery. |
|Thusitha’s work is vital, dynamic and diverse in style. Young as he is, he is rapidly making a name for himself here in Sri Lanka and has already mounted two highly successful solo exhibitions at the prestigious Lionel Wendt Gallery in Colombo: ‘Depth of Thought’ (2007) and ‘Reflection’ (2012).He trained at the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Art in Kotte. |
Sarath Karunagama is a retired teacher in science and worked in government schools. He paints landscapes and portraits in watercolours. He lives in Kandy at present. He participate as a permanent member in artist group of SLAEDA ART ORGANIZATION and display watercolour paintings in monthly exhibition held at Kandy City Center. Also a participant in annual KALA POLA organized by John Keels. He has devoted his life for paintings and he prefer to keep his paintings in fine details.