Thamotharampillai Shanaathanan was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Throughout the time when Sri Lanka was at war, Shanaathanan continued to live and work in the north, pursuing an education in art that he completed with his PhD at the University of Delhi. Shanaathanan’s work has over the years been presented internationally and while working with various mediums the artists subject matter consistently deals with the subjects of home, displacement, memory and loss. Over the years Shanaathanan has become the most prominent contemporary artist working in the north of the island.
Scott Gardiner is a full-time artist living and working in Gisborne, New Zealand. Scott has a Master of Visual Arts with Honours in painting from the Auckland University of Technology. He has been a multiple finalist in the Wallace Art Awards as well as the 2012 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award. His work has been exhibited in Australia, New Zealand and the United States and is held in private and corporate collections in New Zealand, Australia, USA and the James Wallace Arts Trust. He is represented by Paul Nache Gallery in Gisborne and Whitespace Contemporary Art in Auckland