Award-Winning Veteran Contemporary Artist
Basil Cooray is a multi-award-winning Sri Lankan artist
whose work has been shown around the world. His unusual
landscapes and figurative pieces, which he creates in series, are primarily
inspired by the beauty and genuineness of rural Sri Lanka. Watercolors and oils
on canvas, paper, or cardboard are used frequently in Cooray's contemporary
Basil mostly works with watercolors and oil paints, which he employs to reflect Sri Lanka's rural life in new and exciting ways. He unravels the aesthetics of the many and lively ways of being with tiny brush-strokes, attaining an extraordinary level of authenticity. Cooray has previously worked with oil paints, but now prefers to work with watercolors. Painting with watercolors differs significantly from painting with oil paints in terms of technique. Drawing a rough drawing is the first stage. This is done in one of two ways by Cooray. "You can't stop and think about what to paint," Cooray explains. You must complete it before the paper dries." Basil had his professional training at the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts under Prof. Chandragupta Thenuwara. His work can also be found at the Hatton National Bank, the President's House, and a number of prestigious private collections in Sri Lanka and around the world. The colors and vibrancy of Sri Lanka as seen through Basil Cooray's eyes is a rare treat.