Born 1970, in Colombo,
Chaminda Gamage obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Institute of Aesthetic
Studies at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
His work has been exhibited both locally and abroad since 1986, and he has won many
awards including the State award for the Outstanding Painter of the Year.
In his present work he draws on indigenous motifs that have been borrowed
by the West and is concerned to question the equilibrium between nature and man-made
objects in his installation work. He says of his practices: "I have been always
inclined to inquire into man made disasters like bomb explosions and how these affected
our youth at different levels. On dwelling deeper, questions like who are those that
constitute youth and what is religion and society and the nature of true freedom arose.
Many of the works displayed at my Freedom February exhibition were influenced
by such thoughts. My present work is based on three-dimensional images and installations
with the bright parts hidden on a black background. My aim is for you to experience these
images as I see them in my mind."