Comments by art critics
" I recall with delight Chandra Malalgoda Bandaranayake's work twenty five years ago in which themes of serenity and a quiet repose were depicted in soft-toned hues. She has now moved with confidence and greater control of her medium into studies of a formal and measured dignity accompanied by a richer use of colour and deliberately poised composition. Her favoured subjects remain women and children observed with a compassionate and reflective eye. Her inspiration is in essence tranquil and personal, deriving little or nothing from the turmoil around us"
H A I Goonatilake, Peradeniya 1989
"Chandra Malalgoda Bandaranayake's paintings remind me of the work of a few other women artists such as Marie Laurencine, Orvida and Amrita Shergil. Chandra's work shows a sensitive atachment to children and young people. She paints them as if she is caressing the surface of the canvas. It seems to me that she is looking at a garden where occasional faces forms and figures come alive with a few strokes of the brush. It is the vision of a very sensitive artist"
Stanley Abeysinghe, Former Principal of the Government College of Fine Arts. Presently Faculty of Aesthetic Studies, University of Kelaniya.
"Richly sensuous, frequently enchanting, her wide range of paintings and her female figurines with their tremendous dignity deeply satisfy the eye."
Lakshmi de Silva, Department of English, University of Kelaniya
"....exqusitely simple line work that pulls the onlooker into the piece and keeps you circling about almost hypnotically, caught up in the exchange of emotion"
Ellen Guerrttaz, Department of Architecture, University of Cincinnati, 1999
"Chandra Malalgoda Bandaranayake attempts to invest in her work a meditative stillness extricating art from the vicious circle of the ephemeral, the New and sensational, ......about her female figures... what she achieves is 'presence', icon-like moments taken out of time."
Professor S B Disanayake, 1999