W. Vasantha Perera:
A stickler for accuracy
artists who, on account of parental pressure or other circumstances,
begin their working lives in a different profession and regret the time
thus spent as time wasted. Weerakkodige Vasantha Perera is one of the
He showed artistic inclinations early in life. Vasantha Perera's
activity as an artist is inextricably enmeshed with both his own social
and cultural formation and the momentum and tensions of the Sri Lankan
Society in which he elected to work.
A self-taught artist, Vasantha has honed techniques that he believes
are a beneficial result of an unschooled learning. His life as an artist
began with wildlife which he says is his first love. As a wildlife
artist he owes all his success to the animals he paints.
Having proved his ability to arouse the enthusiasm of his art lovers
with his wildlife paintings, Vasantha then turned his hand to another
branch of art-landscape painting.
One of his eye-catching
W. Vasantha Perera
In the landscape composition he used drawings made from nature. His
landscapes had all sorts of themes that stimulated his imagination. From
time to time Vasantha painted landscapes with a frank and tasteful
The true artist is a biographer not only in his portraits but in all
his other paintings-whether he depicts a scene in action, a quiet
landscape or an abstract idea. Like the photographer, he imitates
reality. But the superior artist illumines it. He defines, and in a
sense refines, the subject that he paints so that his brush brings out
the essential significance - that is the life story - of Vasantha's
He adds to the painting the colour of his own personality. He infused
into his pictures a 'creamy richness' a mellow grandeur of red, green,
blue and yellow. This peculiarity of colour distinguishes the portraits
of Vasantha's from all the work of his contemporaries.
At about the same time he developed an interest for architecture. In
his works the many historic buildings portray his leanings in
The temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic as it lies overlooking the Kandy
Lake resurrection of the vintage 'Giragama Walawwa' the renowned
Lankathilaka Raja Maha Vihara with the roofins characteristic of the
Kandyan era are a few of many he has illustrated that evokes
appreciation in his book named 'Kandy Sketch Book'.
His second collection of work studying, observing and recreating in
his own flair an appreciation of the heritage and soul of Kandy, through
historic sights, people and other intricies. The majority of pictorials
are of transparent water-colour, while some illustrations are in black
and white with fine lines.
Vasantha's first publication was Jaffna, the book titled 'a painter's
journey through the land of palm trees! Vasantha has captured scenic
beauty and places of interest Jaffna had to offer.
He has been able to see with his keen artist's eye and reproduce
unerringly their countenance and posture that speak of an innate
strength and dignity of a people with rich cultural heritage and a
history that runs back to thousands of years.
This book is and will always remain a unique work of art as this is a
collection of paintings done by an artist in a former war zone.
Vasantha is an accomplished and internationally acclaimed artist who
has held very successful art exhibitions at prestigious venues in
various countries in the world. He has designed a number of stamps
depicting nature art for the Sri Lanka Philatelic Bureau.