Kavan Balasuriya was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka. After completing a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London, the artist went on to the B.A. (Honours) Fine Art course at the same institution, graduating in 2014. He currently resides in Colombo.  

Palimpsest (2018)

This series details a progression of abstractions informed by organic motifs, exploring the relationships between impermanence, negative space, and metaphorical shadow-play. These works probe the idea of purity defined and shaped by spatial forces that are in flux. This is mirrored in the present, dilapidated surroundings of the Australia Building where the effort, intention and energy of renovation has a darker underside made visible by the stalled reconstruction project.

In this series, Kavan tries to understand the apparent and transformative driving forces behind his artistic production. In creating the works, there is a mixture of premeditated and impulsive decisions which commit to a simultaneous overcoming, erasure and excavation of the numerous painted layers beneath each surface. The artist understands this process of decision-making as a methodology of philosophical unification. This philosophy incorporates divergent and insular references into a narrative informed by technical discourse.



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 - Byam Shaw School of Art, 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 + Ireland