Shanaka Kulathunga, born in 1981 is a MBBS Doctor by profession, a graduate from the Faculty of Medicine, Colombo. He has been practicing art since the time he left school and studied art at the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Art. His paintings are based on nature, portraits, and pencil drawings. Most of his paintings are acrylic, abstracts, water colour and charcoal, and to sum it up they are experimental. "I studied this specially under Chandragupta Thenuwara and in Vibhavi institute." Shanaka recalls his memories.
Paintings by Shanaka Kulathunga amply demonstrate his many-faceted gifts as a painter, due to his talents polished by his training under an eminent art guru and with his own gifts and training as a medical professional. Perhaps this combination makes him a very successful portrait painter in addition to his gift as a landscapist which have drawn attention from art lovers.
M.Vijitharan's body of work narrates the experiences of civilians of the Vanni in the north of Sri Lanka duringand post war. The artist utilizes objects and forms from their story to create drawings and installations that act as a narrative. His works titled Motherland objectify the man vertty with welded bullets and shell casings to narrate the story of displaced farmers who resiliently tried to work on the infertile land given to them post-war only to find the soil full of sand, shells, bullets and human skeletons.
'These objects no longer brought back the smell of paddy, they brought back the smell of war. Motherland creates a visual narrative of the story of Mullivaikal, also known as the White Flag Incident. At the very end stages to the Sri Lankan civil war it is believed that the LTTE used civilians as a shield to protect themselves while they hid in a 3km strip of land separated by a shallow sand bridge. As civilians were released theimage of hundreds crossing this strip, many carrying belongings with them, became a strong memory of this time.The shells in this installation feature drawings of belongings and life; the little illustrations symbolic of what these civilians left behind as they crossed a front line.
Vijitharan's work has been exhibited at the Saskia Fernando Gallery Colombo, Colomboscope 2016 curated by Natasha Ginawala and Menike Van der Poorten, Open Space Colombo curated by Raking Leaves and the Asia Art Archive and Watch This Space – an Art Raker and Groundviews collaboration.