Hasini Chandrasiri's butterfly moment from a world of
darkness, loneliness and pain:
An emotive exhibition with a poignant story behind every single
painting by young artist Hashini Himasha Chandrasiri, which got under on
Friday, February 26, at the Lionel Wendt Art Centre, will conclude
today. Titled 'Flying Colours - Shadow of Emotions', the painting
reflect a hard fought journey of the artist, who had to struggle with
not just the debilitating loss of her mother, but also a life
threatening sickness that in her own words, "took my walking ability
away many years" and left her in a world of "darkness, loneliness and
pain" which she worked hard to overcome.
The 'Flying Colours' exhibition, which had artist Iromi Wijewardene
as the Chief Guest, is in Hashini's words, the best result, which I have
ever got from the darkest time of my life."
Hashini Himasha Chandrasiri
An artist from the age of 13, Hashini had the beautiful dream of
becoming as professional artist. She had a comfortable life as the only
child in the family, and there was nothing to indicate her dreams would
be shattered. But then tragedy stuck in 2009 when her mother passed
away. Suffering from the pain of the loss, Hashini received another blow
when she was diagnosed with what she calls "marrow bone illness.'
Refusing to give in to the darkness and pain she decided to, as she
says, "be one with my best talent in art and to translate the painful
solitude into colours and blend it into the canvas.
The result is 'Flying Colours', Hashini's maiden exhibition. She had
worked with a number of mediums including acrylic paints, gel pens,
pencils, charcoals and watercolours for the beautiful displays. "I see
my mother in my every painting. My philosophy is based on my mother's
love and human feeling..." she says.
Encapsulating these feelings, she wrote in one of her blog posts, "Colours
and Lines are just like story tellers... They can see the fantasies in
our hearts. They can express our feelings in a better way. No matter if
you are angry or you are in love... They will give you an eye, to see
the world in a different way... They will give you the strength to face
anything the life throws at you... Just be one with ART. You will enjoy
the beauty of Life."
Of a painting titled 'An old memory' she wrote: It is time to see
you, through the memories from the past... Your smile and your words...
Endless colours and the dark as well... I see the deepness in your
eyes... Filled with hopes and love... It is a dream that I can never
forget... and a tale as old as time... " Hashini did the painting when
her mother was very ill, in pain all the time and was yet fighting to
live.. As a loving daughter, Hashini says she could always see a hope in
her mother's face... A hope that smiled through the pain.
Hashini, who was born and grew in Colombo, loves line art, modern art
and traditional paintings. She obtained her first certificate for a
painting she did for a Children's Day competition in 1997. Since then
she has made great strides in her journey through colours and lines,
winning many local and international awards, including gold and silver
medals for her talent and creativity. She was the 'Rose of the Lidice -
Super Gold Medal' winner at the International Children's Exhibition of
Fine Arts competition, held in Czechoslovakia in 2006.
She practiced drawing under the instructions of Lionel Ranaweera and
Dr. Chandraguptha Thenuwara and was the painter of the national
Christmas card of Sri Lankan Methodist Church in 2008. As the official
artist of TDL printers sri lanka she did many excellent works for the
new versions of children's books including Hathpana, Magulkama and
Heensaraya, from 2010 to 2013.
Hope on a pain acrylic painting
An Old Memory
Bhikkhuni line art