Echoing the colours of earth, sky and trees
are inspiring. And used on a canvas with fluid brush strokes they become
a language for Vikum Bandara. In vivid shades muted with whites and
greys, he uses colours to express his views on topical issues, telling a
story in his own inimitable style that is all about colour, composition
Supporting his thinking that modern art prevails over the field of
contemporary art, as it has no conventional barriers that allow artists
to be free to express themselves, he says, "I am fond of this style and
admire it because it enables me to express complex social issues freely
on canvas." Abstract art permits Bandara to explore modern, complex
He says, "I use abstract art to express my complex inner feelings.
Through abstract art forms I express complex political, economic and
social issues freely on the canvas. I don't like to limit myself to
conventional artistic barriers. So I always reject conventional figures
and landscapes and select abstract forms to express my complex ideas
freely on canvas."
Bandara who completed his Advanced Level at Ananda Maithree National
School, Balangoda and is currently working as an art teacher in Colombo,
admits his techniques are inspired by the simple yet powerful works of
Mark Rothko, Jean Michel Basquiat and Georges Braque. He was introduced
to their styles during his days at the University Visual and Performing
Arts where he studied for his degree in painting.
Interested in classical music and drama, Bandara says he uses
acrylics and oils to create his paintings, but also experiments with
other materials for texturing in order to bring out the meaning in his
paintings. He works again and again on the canvas to achieve his
ultimate goal in painting and says, "Sometimes when I work freely with
colours, unexpected results emerge on the canvas. I let them remain and
I add to it to enhance and enrich the painting. After completing the
paintings, I feel the colours of the earth, sky and trees echoing in the
painting. So it has a natural look in an abstract form."
(Pictures provided by Vikum Bandara)