artist influenced by Michelangelo and Rembrandt :
Landscapes and figures, Asanka's favourites
Sanjaya is a student of the University of Visual and Performing Arts
and is influenced by Michelangelo and Rembrandt. He studied art for his
Advanced Level and his parents encouraged him to draw from a young age.
He likes drawing both figures and landscapes and his favourite medium is
oil on canvas because it enables him to highlight subtle facial
expressions. He uses muted shades of brown, green, blue, yellow and red
in his paintings.
Asanka Gihan Sanjaya
was accompanied his grandmother on many outings and his constant request
was for painting sticks and drawing books. Since this little boy was
crying for paintings she had bought what he wanted to keep him under
control. Thus, he got the support he wanted to paint pictures.
When Asanka began schooling the teachers, especially those teaching
advanced level students encouraged him.
Though he wanted to join the Commerce Stream his mother had inspired
him to join the Arts stream and to offer painting as a subject at the
exam. That paved the way for him to enter the university.
Asanka's father is a mason and the mother a housewife. Asanka who
also has an elder brother studied at Anuruddha Central College, Lunuwila
up to his Ordinary level and later attended Dhammissara National School,
He has held paintings exhibitions at the Town Hall at Nattandiya and Dhammissara National School, Nattandiya. He is also a
'regular' at the annual 'Kala Pola' organised by George Keyt Foundation.
Asanka also has a penchant for painting live portraits of wedding
couples while studying murals and sculptures.
Asanka has a
penchant for painting live portraits of wedding couples