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Paper Canvas Project

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Paper Canvas, Colombo's first group show of contemporary art posters opened at the Saskia Fernando Gallery on 15 September 2011. The title is self explanatory, but plays on the fact that these works mark the transition we are making towards new mediums of contemporary art locally.
In Colombo we boast a fast evolving art scene, where artists, designers, photographers, and creative people of all backgrounds combine their practice thereby expanding and diversifying our art and culture. Exhibitions take place on a monthly basis at galleries scattered throughout the city, and young people are becoming increasingly interested in what is happening around them. The exposure we received as a gallery to the advertising and design industry was a particular eye opener for us towards the talent that exists in these industries and this exhibition has enabled us to collaborate with a range of artists from both these industries with differing backgrounds and creative identities.

From Toulous-Lautrec to Shepard Fairey, posters have been a medium of contemporary art for quite some time. In Sri Lanka we are more accustomed to posters of another type. Political Campaigns, funeral announcements and mass media advertising lead the majority of Colombo residents to spray paint their walls with 'Stick no Bills' signs. Coincidentally even our printer didn't quite conceive why we would want to offset print only 20 pieces of one particular poster. This made it only more tempting for us to stage this particular show, working with a combination of incredibly talented artists who all stand out through their designs, illustrations, photography, etc. We boast an untouched wealth of expression that exists in the growing community of graphic designers and illustrators that are accumulating locally.

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Chammika Jayawardena

Chammika Jayawardana is a visual artist. He has a BFA from the University of Visual and Performing Arts and a MA from the University of Kelaniya. He is currently visiting lecturer at the faculty of Integrated Design University of Moratuwa and Sri palee Campus , University of Colombo. His previous works focused more on the politically conceptual. Jayawardena's new work shows a move towards abstract compositions, where the artist plays with materials and a rich color palette. Chammika Jayawardana is a visual Artist. He has a BFA from the University of Visual and Performing Arts and MA from the University of Kelaniya. He is currently visiting lecturer at the faculty of Integrated Design University of Moratuwa and Sri palee Campus , University of Colombo. His previous works focused more on the politically conceptual. Jayawardena’s new work shows a move towards abstract compositions, where the artist plays with materials and a rich color palette.

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