Male Thinker.  2002
Acrylic and oil on canvas
63 x 98 cm




Vajira comes from Padukka and obtained his BFA from the University of Kelaniya.  He has participated in several group exhibitions in Colombo since 1996 and also held a solo exhibition at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery earlier this year.  He has associated in a joint project in Monumental Art at the Fatima Church, Maradana for its 50th Anniversary celebrations.  He has attended previous Artists' Camps.

"I have lost myself in a world that has moved in a direction, wherein human association is a negotiable entity, and where love and affection may well be a deception.  In fact it would be as if I have been moved from a feminine nurture to under a male dominant.

The almost tangible and inescapable pain of mind has moved me to re-valuate the metaphysical world.  My paintings stem from my attempt to come to grips with and understand the feelings that have been born of such experiences."