Chinthaka and Poornima: Breaking boundaries in art

Chinthaka Thenuuwara and Poornima Jayasinghe Thenuwara are two contemporary multi-talented and diverse artists who favour a non-traditional approach to art.

They boldly challenge art, its forms and what becomes of art while moving in to a wide array of alternative spaces. The young couple have frequently favoured a non-traditional approach to art.

Chinthaka and Poornima have a liberal philosophy, that provides them with motivation and courage to pursue their uphill task of challenging art that evolves constantly in which a sculpture erected today may have a completely different form tomorrow due to various activities that maybe initiated by the public or the artist itself.

The unique quality about their art work is that they are extremely interactive pieces of art, which is not complete till the public make them so with their presence.

Their art is an essentially fun, multi functional and can be presented and viewed as a sculpture, furniture,  can be used to play or will create a space for artists to perform  and display their talents .

Chinthaka and Poornima’s work can fit in multiple spaces such as theme parties, night clubs, children’s parks and not only merely gallery space, which makes it versatile in many ways than one.

Chinthaka and Poornima are also active members of The Collective of Contemporary Artists (CoCA). CoCA challenges the current perception or art and creates a paradigm shift in the field which has now evolved into a fully fledged, independent group of thriving artists.

This dynamic cluster of contemporary artists are engaged in the laborious task of trying to break down the premise of gallery and museum viewed art while emphasizing the concept of alternative space and has its platform at the Colombo Art Biennale 2011.

Chinthaka and Poornima along with the unique talented members of CoCA will exhibit their work at the “Maradhana Wearhouse  Project”  from 15th -19th February  starting from 9.00Am -9.00pm .


Chinthaka Thenuwara:

Chinthaka is a versatile artist who dreams for a living. His forte is Photography. He dreams not only for himself but makes the dreams of others materialise.

Originating from a family of talented artists and designers he was exposed to not one, but diverse forms of art at a very tender age.

He has experience in painting, Interior design and photography in various continents ranging from Asia to Europe and his work is well received globally.

His Conceptual and commercial photographs has won him multiple awards internationally and locally.

Now, as a visiting lecturer at the University of Moratuwa, he lecturers photography for advertising and technical purposes to the final year students who are reading for a degree in Graphic Design while rendering his services as a consultant interior and  graphic  designer, photographer and artist for internationally renowned organisations.

Chinthaka is one of the main icons who created a perceptible new approach to the art of photography which has created an ideological shift in the photography field in Sri Lanka.

He is also the co-founder of “Click” CThenuwara School of Photography which takes a hands-on approach to teaching armature and professional photographers the technique, aesthetics and conceptualization skills needed to create a cohesive body of work that demonstrates their personal signature in every image.


Poornima Jayasinghe:

Poornima is a fused combination of artist, designer and art education specialist.

Currently the Head of Art at the BritishSchoolin Colombo, she heads the International Baccalaureate programme in Visual Arts.

She has emerged in the international arena in the last few years as a major artist working in the media of painting, photography, mixed media, installation, object art, graphic and interior design.

Poornima has won many awards for her paintings, digital art and conceptual photography.

Her work has been recognised and acclaimed by international groups of contemporary artists.

She also functions as a free-lance artist, photographer interior and graphic designer for a selected, elite client tale in Europe, Asia and Australia. (




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