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CHANDRA MALALGODA BANDARANAYAKE

‘My work consists of drawings and paintings, mostly oil on canvas. Though I did follow some classes in life drawing I am basically self- taught. In school my teachers and later on friends, encouraged me to paint. It is a kind of meditation, soothing and satisfying. I like non- violent themes and wish to depict simple folk engaged in day-to-day activities. The amazing beauty of South Asian sculpture is a boundless source of inspiration to me.

My paintings reflect a certain cultural heritage, a synthesis of my own emotions, and the cultural and historical background of my country and as a wider unit that of South Asia . I do not believe in dividing art into strict geographical units but there are some special qualities inherent in the art of any region. Likewise my paintings, to a great extent, reflect my region and my own outlook on life.