Abdul Halik Azeez is a strategy consultant working both for the corporate and development sectors. He is also an independent researcher whose main areas of interest currently include online hate speech and critical discourse analysis. With a master's degree in financial economics and a bachelor's in international business, Halik has worked in fields as diverse as marketing, banking and economic research.
A former journalist for the Sunday Leader and an active citizen journalist, Halik's recent interest in journalistic and conceptual photography has garnered a large following on Instagram. His work has been published on platforms such as The Picture Press and Groundviews and has been exhibited at Spectrums: Alternative Views on Development Explore the power of pictures at Center for Poverty Analysis, Colombo (July 2011) and 'Colombedouin' at the Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo (November 2014).
Priyantha Udagedara left Sri Lanka in 2006 after receiving a scholarship to continue his education in art through the Masters in Art program at the Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. It was during this experience that later led to him following a practice based PhD at the same university where Udagedara's art began to evolve in an unexpected way. While his earlier work too consisted of fantastical, layered colour, this new series of work that he first exhibited in 2010 at Paradise Road Galleries, began to show clear signs of a deeper evolution that had begun to take place in Udagedara's practice.
Having grown up in Sri Lanka during the time of the civil war this escape to another culture allowed Udagedara the opportunity to reflect on his own experiences and those of his countrymen from a distant perspective. So his PhD entitled 'Rediscovering Paradise – painting, representing and revision of identities' came to be. In fact, Udagedara's was the first submission to be passed at the university.
Udagedara has exhibited his work in both the UK and Sri Lanka, as well as in numerous international venues including The Cross Art Project in Sydney, Australia and the Lalith Kala Academy Gallery in New Delhi, India.