LT January 2016 | The New Comers of 2015 By Saskia Fernando

Rajni Perera b.1985

Rajni Perera’s first exhibition in Sri Lanka since her migration to Canada presented a series of painted portraits of woman, men and women painted as men in her exhibition titled The Embellished Lens. The show was separated into three series of works: the Maharajahs, the Maharanis and the Royal Couple. The Royal Couple, the largest of the series of works presented two women, one self-portrait and one image of the artists close friend, painted as men. The images strongly confronted the subjects of gender and the glamour of 17th century court photographs.

Firi Rahman b.1990


This young self-taught artist began developing his work at home with the assistance of materials sent from his family in Italy. Once discovered Rahman began working on a series of portraits that played with the images of faces in contrast to textures of objects and other materials, predominantly water. These images were presented in a show titled Unconventional Beauty. He went on to present his work with other new comers in Colomboscope. Rahman’s hyper-realistic portraits have now moved on from led on paper to ink on paper, a transformation that promises interesting results this year.

Muvindu Binoy b.1989

MUVINDU BINOY, 2014, Future Ancestor, Digital collage print on canvas, 25.4x25.4cm

With collage taking the contemporary scene by storm our local collage artist and videographer Muvindu Binoy presented an outstanding series of works titled The Holy Merchandise with a series of smaller limited edition prints of canvas confronting local culture, politics and contemporary Sri Lanka from a young artists viewpoint. The result was phenomenal, presented alongside his video work. Binoy, like Rahman, presented his work at Colomboscope and will present his second solo in the first half of this year.

Hanusha Somasunderam b.1988

In an amazing presentation by seven contemporary artists from the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, Somasunderam presented her works for exhibition on tea bags and tea strainers, finely drawn with imagery symbolic of the life of tea-pluckers in the hill country. Based in Hatton, Somasunderam speaks of her life as the child of a tea-plucker by using tactile objects that immediately represent the context of her subject. The imagery used illustrates a continuous story by placing objects in sequence, a narrative that plays out both visually and with the order that immediate implies the telling of a story.

Scott Gardiner b.1975

SCOTT GARDINER, 2015, T.O.P VII, Pigment ink print, glaze, matt varnish and acrylic on canvas, 140x120cm

Visiting the island as a surfer since the 80s Gardiner was caught with his wife in the tsunami. He was given shelter by a family in Hikkaduwa and through this experience developed a strong connection with the island. He returns to Sri Lanka regularly and in this presentation of exhibitions titled The Three Oceans Project Gardiner presented a series of works that played on the contrast of geometric form and his relationship with the ocean. The exhibition took place in three locations; Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Australia.

Featured Images

  1. FIRI RAHMAN, 2015, Fero, Pencil on paper, 65 x 42cm
  2. MUVINDU BINOY, 2014, Future Ancestor, Digital collage print on canvas, 25.4 x 25.4cm
  3. RAJNI PERERA, 2015, Vanity, Mixed Media on Inkjet Print, 152.4 x 101.6cm
  4. SCOTT GARDINER, 2015, T.O.P VII, Pigment ink print, glaze, matt varnish and acrylic on canvas, 140 x 120cm

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