C h a n D i s s a n a y a k e
My works represent my inner response to the world around me. As a realist-impressionist artist, my aim is to capture an impression of my subject with as little detail as possible. This is done by simplifying the subject matter to its core elements. I find that watercolour is a tailor-made medium for this purpose.
Chan Dissanyake was born in Sri Lanka to an artistic family, his father an internationally acclaimed film director and his mother an art teacher. In 1985, he migrated with his family to Australia.
A talent for drawing was recognised in his pre-school days and a passion for art, especially watercolour, has kept him actively engaged in the creative path. Upon completing a degree in computer science at Macquarie University, and following a successful IT career, he has returned to his creative roots in becoming a professional artist in 2013.
Achieving rapid success and winning many major awards, he has gained a considerable reputation as a watercolour artist. Among his awards are the Royal Canberra Art Show (first prizes in Watercolour, Portrait and Figure, Champion Exhibit, Architectural Heritage and All Sections (2013), Artists Society of Canberra Annual Spring Art Exhibition, Best in Show (2013) and the Goulburn District Art Prize (2017).
Currently, Dissanayake lives in Canberra, ACT, where he teaches watercolour at the Australian National University (ANU), while also conducting workshops throughout Australia and leading international painting tours.
Moreover, he has contributed many articles to leading art publications, including International Artist, Australian Artist and Artists Palette.
Chan Dissanayake was elected a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 2017.