Defined by Suni's moods
"The inspiration for my art is simply the sheer enjoyment and joy it
gives me to paint in my own style. I don't have a message to send, I'm
not making a statement, and it may not be to most people's taste,"
declares contemporary artist Suni Nirmalalingam of her work.
Suni's forthright and no-nonsense description of her talent does not
do justice to her art, which reflects her fine-honed sense of
composition and understanding of the play of colour and light that give
depth and perspective.
The Harold Peiris Gallery will open its doors on October 17 and 18 to
a collection of abstract art by Suni. Aptly named 'Undefined II', the
exhibition is the sequel to her debut showing 'Undefined', which was in
2002. 'Undefined II' is the result of a persuasive family and
encouraging and supportive friends, particularly Nayantara Fonseka, says
The title of the exhibition best describes her art. Most of Suni's
paintings are untitled, and so, are open to interpretation. Her work is
imaginative and ranges from the ethereal and wraith - like to the bold,
energetic and well defined. Her colours, shapes and use of light and
shade form a fluid composition that gives one the freedom to explore and
discover one's own meaning and attraction to a painting.
Suni is a self-taught artist who has had no formal training. She
likes experimenting and her paintings are invariably determined by her
'mood' at the time she puts paints to canvas. The visual experience she
creates is free and fluid. Her paintings wash over you, as your eyes
wander from muted, in calm, cool or earthy tones to an explosion of
vibrant, orange and pink, then on to a fusion of elemental black, beige
and grey interrupted by a sudden blaze of colour.
Suni uses acrylic paints and varies her technique from brush to
palette and from textured to flat forms. She likes to use different
styles of expression and seeing the blank canvass evolve and unfold into
a piece of art.
considers herself fortunate to have been commissioned for artwork in
different environments of personal, residential and commercial
surroundings. Having to please the client plus meet the interior
decorator's requirements have been very challenging, and has given
another dimension to her creativity.
Suni took up painting regularly about two decades ago after the
commitment to family and home allowed her more time to indulge her
flare. She enjoys playing golf, reading and spending time with her
She paints in the tranquil surroundings of her lovely colonial home
tucked into a cul-de-sac in the city. Her home shows no evidence of her
paintings. "My art doesn't suit this house," she says in a
"I am very grateful to all those whose encouragement, inspiration and
confidence in me has helped me believe in myself. I say a big 'thank
you' to them for their support," says Suni.