Paradise Road Galleries recently opened an exhibition of paintings, featuring artist Chathurika Jayani. Born in 1984 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Chathurika Jayani is an emerging contemporary artist who is renowned for her meticulous attention to detail in her landscapes, focusing on those beyond the norm such as Colombo slums and the less aesthetically-pleasing urban landscapes more present in contemporary Colombo. The artist uses mixed mediums such as cardboard and corrugated board to create three-dimensional imagery on two dimensional board and canvas.

When asked what inspired ‘Escapes’, she said that the title Escapes is argumentative and has different perceptions, which are based on personal aspects. “In this series of paintings, my attempt was to capture bolts of freedom in the lives of people who live very simple lives, in my own way. Though they lack facilities, luxuries or wealth, their atmosphere is full of colours. Their shelters, clothes and festive decorations are, despite this, bright and colourful. These colours are placed over them, wrapping a part of their life that is otherwise left in darkness.”
This series is the continuation of her previous exhibition ‘Slums’, where she began creating colourful surfaces.

When asked how she compares herself to other local contemporary artists, Chathurika says that every human has his/her own way of thinking and is used to living accordingly. “We artists too have differences in our techniques, concepts and styles. Therefore, I prefer expressing my artistic thinking in a way that is unique to myself.”

She explains that when she creates something, she often tries to construct it with different textures. “As Sri Lankan artists, when we compare ourselves, we have both similarities and differences. So when comparing myself with other local artists, I believe I stand on a different stage in texture making.”

She uses non-traditional materials such as wood, corrugated board, cardboard, tissues and handmade paper with colors to build the surface.” Sometimes I use a gas torch burner on the surface.

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