About

Kavan Balasuriya (born 1992, Colombo, Sri Lanka) earned a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London, and a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design from the same institution. He has exhibited in India, Sri Lanka, the USA and the United Kingdom. The artist currently lives and works in London, UK.

Kavan’s work explores connections across South and South-East Asia, regions from which he traces a direct cultural heritage. In order to link these regions he examines iconography found in religion and traditional cultures. Kavan’s pictures investigate how the themes of identity and conflict relate to spiritual and physical displacement. The artist is also influenced in terms of form by textile design cultures shared across the Asiatic subcontinent. His research looks into correlations between traditional weaving discourses and socio-political realities. Repeated, modular units have long been a feature of Kavan’s work and he continues to research the mythos of craft-practices to deepen this element of his practice.

Exhibitions

2019 - Contextures, dual showcase with Sam van Strien, A-side B-side Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2018 - Young Subcontinent: Sightlines, Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, India

2018 - Sub_Sequence AV Lab Showcase, BorderMovement, Rio Hotel & Cinema, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2018 - Palimpsest, Colombo Fashion Week: Art Connect, Australia Building, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2018 - Art Trails [Solo], Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2018, Galle, Sri Lanka

2017 - Exhibition [Solo], Black Cat Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2016 - Conceiving Space, collaboration with Asvajit Boyle, Colombo Art Biennale, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2016 - Wings: A Festival of Arts, J.D.A. Perera Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2016 - Cinnamon Colomboscope, Testing Grounds: Art and Digital Cultures in South Asia and Europe, Former General Post Office, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2016 - Manifest, Dual showcase with Branka Ridicki, Barefoot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2016 - CFW: Frame [Second Edition]Dual showcase with P413, Colombo Fashion Week, Land Rover Showroom, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2015 - Slap 2, Conartist NYC Gallery, New York, USA

2015 - The October Collection, Artwalk, Floating Market, Pettah, Sri Lanka

2015 - Exhibition Two [Solo), Ruby Studio Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2015 - Cinnamon Colomboscope, Shadow Scenes, Rio Hotel complex, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2015 - Slap: Adhesives & Egos, Hot Butter Collective & Conartist NYC, Ruby Studio Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2015 - In Space: An Immersive Exhibition, Hot Butter Collective, Barefoot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2015 - Exhibition One [Solo], Ruby Studio Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2014 - Degree Show One, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK 

2014 - Psychoelectric: Live at 72. London, UK

2013 - Portman Gallery, London, UK

2013 - Bring Your Own Beamer [B.Y.O.B], Collaboration with Victor Fischl, Oxford House Chapel, London, UK 

2013 - Soundwaves Across the Seas, Byam Shaw School of Art, London, UK & Dublin, Ireland

 

Media

https://www.instagram.com/studio.bala/

http://artasiapacific.com/Blog/FieldTripCinnamonColomboscope2015

https://scroll.in/article/750916/artists-look-back-at-sri-lankas-violent-past-to-make-sense-of-the-present

http://www.artra.lk/articles/art/paintings/review--the-lost-collection-by-laki-senanayake

http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Fashion-Meets-Art-at-Colombo-Fashion-Week-to-Celebrate-the-Collaboration-147465.html?fromNewsdog=1&utm_source=NewsDog&utm_medium=referral

@Lankanhistory feature - https://www.instagram.com/p/BimJ-aCBa6G/

https://www.yamu.lk/blog/exhibition-two

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=184531

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