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b. 1992, Sri Lanka

Kavan Balasuriya Biography

Kavan Balasuriya is an artist working with drawing and engraving. His practice explores light and shadow, surface and depth, and abstraction and realism.

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Inspired by emergence within complex systems, he composes geometric and gestural abstractions. His process creates intricate fields of pattern and form, the sum of which is greater than its parts. Kavan works between the tangible and intangible - between what's felt and what's known.

The artist uses aluminium foil to examine movement and stillness. Here, he makes connections and contentions that challenge the experience of perception. He etches and engraves the foil, resulting in visual effects and optical illusions.

Kavan draws from architecture in using the 'site' of foil as a 'field' to generate compositions. He traces its folds and textures to form the basis of his images.

These actions turn the medium into a pattern generator, where each repetition differs. Kavan usesit to explore the nuance and animateness between space, matter, and the human mind.

Kavan earned a B.A. in Fine Art (2014) and a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (2010) atCentral Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London, UK.

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Untitled II by Kavan Balasuriya contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Kavan Balasuriya Untitled II, 2021 Graphite and aluminium foil on board
20 x 20 cm
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Dualism by Kavan Balasuriya contemporary artwork print, mixed media
Kavan Balasuriya Dualism, 2022 Etching on mounted aluminium foil
21 x 30 cm
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Untitled I by Kavan Balasuriya contemporary artwork print, mixed media
Kavan Balasuriya Untitled I, 2019 Etching on mounted aluminium foil
25 x 20 cm
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Untitled II by Kavan Balasuriya contemporary artwork print, mixed media
Kavan Balasuriya Untitled II, 2022 Etching on mounted aluminium foil
21 x 15 cm
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Process IV by Kavan Balasuriya contemporary artwork print, mixed media
Kavan Balasuriya Process IV, 2019 Etching on mounted aluminium foil
21 x 15 cm
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Process III by Kavan Balasuriya contemporary artwork print, mixed media
Kavan Balasuriya Process III, 2019 Etching on mounted aluminium foil
21 x 15 cm
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Process II by Kavan Balasuriya contemporary artwork print, mixed media
Kavan Balasuriya Process II, 2019 Etching on mounted aluminium foil
21 x 15 cm
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Process I by Kavan Balasuriya contemporary artwork print, mixed media
Kavan Balasuriya Process I, 2019 Etching on mounted aluminium foil
21 x 15 cm
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