October - 15 November, 2010
Superb Watercolours from this exciting young Canberra Artist. Watercolours capturing the essence and intricacy of nature.
Opening and performance Saturday 2nd October at 11am by ANU School of Music Master Cellist David Pereira, DSCM (NSW Con), MMus (Indiana)
CHAN DISSANAYAKE was born in Sri Lanka to an artistic family, his father an internationally acclaimed film director and his mother an art teacher. He migrated with his family to Australia in 1986. A talent for drawing was recognised in pre-school days and a passion for art, especially for watercolours, kept him actively involved in it. He studied watercolour paining with renowned Australian artists embarking on a journey of self-discovery.
Achieving rapid success, he was a guest artist at this year’s Canberra Times Outdoor Art Show, was awarded first prize at the 2010 Royal Canberra Show in the portrait and figure section and has been invited as a tutor for the 2011 Summer Art Experience by the Artists Society of Canberra.
Since living In Canberra, Chan has taken a keen interest in depicting its visually rich regional environments, from rural and alpine landscapes, to South Coast seascapes and urban streetscapes. He uses the native qualities of watercolour to create atmospheric effects indebted to the intense, and at times, subtle Australian light.
Chan’s images of dappled shadows across a landscape, ripples in the sand, sparkling crystals of a fresh snowfall, ephemeral mists on a rugged mountain side or dancing reflections on a shimmering marine surface, are products of his ethnicity blended with the Australian landscape. They display an inherent beauty tinged with nostalgia that imparts a sense of calm softness to the eye.
Chan portrays the intricacies of nature in its purest forms, not seeking detail, but capturing the essence of his subject. Watercolour provides him with the creative spirit. As the washes mingle he senses its force, and the act of creation becomes a joy.