Anura Srinath :
Brilliant brushstrokes of a wildlife painter
There was nothing in the early boyhood of Anura Srinath to suggest
that he was in any way unusual. He was born on September 6, 1957 in
Kirillapone, Colombo. His father who was a clever, spinning and weaving
machine operator was a talented artist. He was reputed for his artistic
creations turning out beautiful designs on paper or wood and during the
Vesak season he made colourful pandals.
As a boy Anura grew up in the typical surroundings of a home full of
sketches of temple paintings and traditional Sinhalese art forms. He was
fascinated by these drawings and paintings from childhood and expressed
his desire to become an artist. But his father M.S. Perera had no
intention of making his son an artist. He called his son young man and
said “young man, think of the future!”. “With genius you die, with money
you live!” So he wanted his son to become a doctor.
Anura started his education at Lumbini Maha Vidyalaya, Colombo. He
studied up to the Advanced Level in Science. But his talents with the
brush and paint impressed his teachers as a schoolboy artist. Anura came
under the tutelage of a reputed art teacher P.A. Leelaratne who moulded
him to become a perfect artist.
After leaving school he joined the Upali Group of Newspapers as an
illustrator, from there on he become a rolling stone. He went from one
firm to another, and worked in leading advertising agencies in Colombo.
By now his name was established as an excellent illustrator for picture
stories, designer of book covers, cartoons and T.V. Commercials. He
mostly worked with pastel, acrylic and oil. His paintings aim to please
the eye. Anura's paintings create a sense of curiosity. They are
distinguished by a certain mystery and pushes the viewer to think about
the story that the image is trying to convey. His paintings depended on
masses of colour, working from black to tints of the deepest luminosity
with high colour values.
One of his paintings
He is a wildlife painter who spends his free time visiting wildlife
parks. His favourite subjects are elephants, leopards, lions, and deer.
The picture titled “looking for a prey”, ‘fisherman set out for a
catch’, and the bright coloured scene of ‘horses after the races’ show
the balanced distribution of light and shadow to produce a perfect
harmony of colour. Anura is interested in the commercial aspect of his
art. A few master strokes from his brush and the painting could command
the very highest price.
His cordial relations with leading commercial establishments, and
State departments, has won him accolades for creative achievements.
Anura's art moved quickly towards digital painting and creative art,
which eventually entered the world of common visual experience. He got
engaged largely with paintings in which the design was mostly drawn in
lines technically which gave the effect of engravings. Beautiful as many
of his pictures are, in which the subjects are described by delicate
precise lines in flashy bright colours. He had a successful display of
his work recently at the Colombo Art Gallery which paved the way for
bigger assignments. His creative designs using techniques and photoshop
software added glamour to suit any concept and requirement.
Besides Anura's dedication to painting and drawings, he engaged in
other activities too. As a nature lover he finds inspiration from
wildlife and traditional architectural buildings. In a need to get away
from the hustle and bustle of life in Colombo, he visits bird
sanctuaries at Yala, Sita Eliya Forest Reserve and the Sita Eliya
Sanctuary. His love for old architectural buildings is evident in his
latest display of work at the Nupe Old Dutch Fort, in Matara which is
Anura's attempts with the brush and paint at the exhibition will
surprise all art lovers.