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

 

 

VAJIRA GUNAWARDENA.  SRI LANKA

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."