Putting pen to paper

Chandana Ranaweera’s art reflects a unique talent in a world infused by colour
By Gwen Herat

Anyone who looks at paintings up close and the way artists handle their colours, finds it easy to be dazzled. One cannot say the same of Chandana Ranaweera’s work because it is confined to ballpoint upon paper. How he does it and why he does it is his own conviction.

Chandana Ranaweera

Yet he finds his own passion in doing it his way and we must admire and respect him for it. That is his style. He fights a lone battle in the world of art, against paintings splashed in both vivid and subtle colours.

A self-taught artist from a humble village in Alawwa, Chandama Ranaweera is an art teacher who takes a singular pleasure in identifying students’ talents. But he is also an artist of repute, having gained a considerable reputation for his ballpoint pen art.

Confining himself to drawing mythical figures most of the time, he pushes his pen into a single, uninterrupted, strike- line until the figure is complete. It is a difficult task and needs a steady and masterful hand. Therein lies his talent.

I had to persuade him to at least use a single colour background instead of white and this has given his work a sense of depth and clarity.

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