Indika Gnanaratna was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and spent his formative years in Kuwait and Toronto, Canada. His style ranges from the representational to the abstract. Drawing primary influence from natural surroundings, his body of work is unified by a style of layering, representative of humanity's complex relationship with our environment. His works reflect the breadth of his experience and perpetually-evolving technique, developed over decades of extensive travel and study of both ancient and contemporary culture.
Currently residing on Hornby island, Canada, his works feature in public exhibitions and are displayed in private collections internationally.
(b. 1978, Sri Lanka)
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
SEA DRIFT, HORNBY ISLAND ARTS COUNCIL GALLERY, HORNBY ISLAND, BC
FALL, SECTION 2 GALLERY, VANCOUVER, BC
WINTER'S END, NOREMORSE STUDIO, VANCOUVER, BC
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
GROUP SHOW, HORNBY ISLAND ARTS COUNCIL GALLERY, HORNBY ISLAND, BC
VIBRANT EXPRESSIONS, HORNBY ISLAND ARTS COUNCIL GALLERY, HORNBY ISLAND, BC
THE GARDEN, FOSTER EASTMAN GALLERY, VANCOUVER, BC
OUT OF THE WOODS, HORNBY ISLAND ARTS COUNCIL GALLERY, HORNBY ISLAND, BC
SEPTEMBER, FOSTER EASTMAN GALLERY, VANCOUVER, BC.
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My current body of work “Sea Drift” makes extensive use of Arbutus bark to create textural paintings which evoke feelings of calm and reflection. I draw inspiration from the seascapes which surround the Gulf islands. The pearlescent qualities of oyster shells on the beach to the drifts of seaweed and wood that wash up against the shore, and the reflections of the evening skies amongst the frothy waves which gently lap the beach.
The work is created through the process of layering arbutus bark and acrylic on wood panel and composed to feel natural, dream like and contemplative.
This body of work was deeply personal and makes use of colour to look inward. Drawing from themes of sexuality and belonging colours are layered like emotions creating windows of light and exuberance peering through the darkness.
Inspired by a perilous drive in a blizzard. Capturing the beauty and abstraction of the landscape in fleeting moments.