Sarath Gunasiri Perera is currently the Head of Department at the University of Visual and Performing Arts, Colombo where he studied for his Bachelor of Fine Arts. Perera completed his Masters of Fine Art in Painting at the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India and today is one of the island's established abstract contemporary painters.
In these recent works, Perera's abstract expressionist style shows signs of evolution in both colour and fragmentation. The identifiable forms visible in his early work have in his two recent solo shows become further abstracted and the influences of the younger Perera now appear more consistent and matured. Perera is a renowned artist in Sri Lanka and while focusing more on his responsibilities in the education of contemporary art removed him from the exhibition scene for several years, the artist has published a book on his work alongside a three man solo show and presented two solo shows that are a strong statement and return to the core of the local art scene.
Susil Senanayake's childhood was spent in his village near Kegalle, Sri Lanka. The natural scenic beauty of the land played a big role in his development. The vision, visual shapes, and colours are most influential in his work.
From 2002 to 2008 he was a student of the Visual and Performing Arts University in Colombo and he got the opportunity to keep close interactions with his teachers and co-artists.
Georgio Morandi (1890-1964) said, "Nothing is more abstract than reality" in a similar way Senanayake's objective is to show the abstraction that nature conceals. Extracting the essence in reality is the aim of his abstract works. In that manner he sees his own shapes and compositions.
As a contemporary artist Senanayake likes to look beyond the so-called social or political upheavals. His resources are natural and manmade landscapes, mostly townscapes. Thus his contribution is the revelation of the abstract aesthetic values, which are available within one's surroundings. The techniques used in his work are mixed media: acrylic and paper to achieve texture and a three dimensional effect.