Hashan Cooray Sri Lanka , b. 1987

Overview

Hashan Cooray is a visual artist whose body of work engages his subjects beyond the stereotypical translation of portraiture. Gestural, intense and often dark subjects emerge from a raw canvas; notes scribbled in the background. Cooray is not a conventional artist, he began his work studying faces and people that he connected with as opposed to faces he admired. Hashan isolates and reshapes the messy textures that simultaneously suppress and promote the plethora of voices that inhabit the cityscape into something contemplative. Using an almost vigilante method of repurposing the oppressive communications of capital and government, he raises the possibility of moving towards a state of equilibrium. The result of this process is a body of work that engages his subject in an intrusive manner, exposing to the viewer all that lies beneath. Drawing, painting, digital art and mixed media collage combine to present an unfinished complete work that has the tactile nature of material present within it's composition.Cooray's subjects engage, disturb and grab the viewer; they are not there to please.

Works
  • Hashan Cooray, Desire 03, 2020
    Hashan Cooray
    Desire 03, 2020
    Mixed Media on Paper
    160 x 122 cm
    63 x 48 1/8 in
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  • Hashan Cooray, Desire 08, 2020
    Hashan Cooray
    Desire 08, 2020
    Mixed Media on Paper
    120 x 100 cm
    47 1/4 x 39 3/8 in
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  • Hashan Cooray, Desire 09, 2020
    Hashan Cooray
    Desire 09, 2020
    Mixed Media on Paper
    160 x 122 cm
    63 x 48 1/8 in
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  • Hashan Cooray, Desire 10, 2020
    Hashan Cooray
    Desire 10, 2020
    Mixed Media on Paper
    160 x 122 cm
    63 x 48 1/8 in
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  • Hashan Cooray, Desire 11, 2020
    Hashan Cooray
    Desire 11, 2020
    Mixed Media on Paper & Canvas
    164 x 162 cm
    64 5/8 x 63 3/4 in
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  • Hashan Cooray, Untitled 03, 2020
    Hashan Cooray
    Untitled 03, 2020
    Mixed Media on Paper
    80 x 55 cm
    31 1/2 x 21 5/8 in
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  • Hashan Cooray, Untitled 06, 2021
    Hashan Cooray
    Untitled 06, 2021
    Mixed Media on Paper
    80 x 55 cm
    31 1/2 x 21 5/8 in
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  • Hashan Cooray, Stick No Bills #1, 2022
    Hashan Cooray
    Stick No Bills #1, 2022
    Mixed Media on Canvas
    187 x 156 cm
    73 5/8 x 61 3/8 in
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  • Hashan Cooray, Stick No Bills #2, 2022
    Hashan Cooray
    Stick No Bills #2, 2022
    Mixed Media on Canvas
    187 x 156 cm
    73 5/8 x 61 3/8 in
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  • Hashan Cooray, Stick No Bills #18, 2022
    Hashan Cooray
    Stick No Bills #18, 2022
    Single Edition Giclée Print on Archival Matt Paper
    80 x 60 cm
    31 1/2 x 23 5/8 in
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  • Hashan Cooray, Stick No Bills #23, 2022
    Hashan Cooray
    Stick No Bills #23, 2022
    Offset Print on Paper
    36 x 48 cm
    14 1/8 x 18 7/8 in
    Edition of 200
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  • Hashan Cooray, Stick No Bills #5, 2022
    Hashan Cooray
    Stick No Bills #5, 2022
    Mixed Media on Canvas
    187 x 156 cm
    73 5/8 x 61 3/8 in
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  • Hashan Cooray, Stick No Bills #22, 2022
    Hashan Cooray
    Stick No Bills #22, 2022
    Offset Print on Paper
    36 x 48 cm
    14 1/8 x 18 7/8 in
    Edition of 200
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  • Hashan Cooray, Stick No Bills #26, 2022
    Hashan Cooray
    Stick No Bills #26, 2022
    Offset Print on Paper
    36 x 48 cm
    14 1/8 x 18 7/8 in
    Edition of 200
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  • Hashan Cooray, Stick No Bills #11, 2022
    Hashan Cooray
    Stick No Bills #11, 2022
    Mixed Media on Printed Archival Paper
    125 x 95 cm
    49 1/4 x 37 3/8 in
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  • Hashan Cooray, Stick No Bills #15, 2022
    Hashan Cooray
    Stick No Bills #15, 2022
    Single Edition Giclée Print on Archival Matt Paper
    80 x 60 cm
    31 1/2 x 23 5/8 in
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  • Hashan Cooray, Stick No Bills #17, 2022
    Hashan Cooray
    Stick No Bills #17, 2022
    Single Edition Giclée Print on Archival Matt Paper
    80 x 60 cm
    31 1/2 x 23 5/8 in
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  • Hashan Cooray, Stick No Bills #12, 2022
    Hashan Cooray
    Stick No Bills #12, 2022
    Single Edition Giclée Print on Archival Matt Paper
    80 x 60 cm
    31 1/2 x 23 5/8 in
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  • Hashan Cooray, Stick No Bills #19, 2022
    Hashan Cooray
    Stick No Bills #19, 2022
    Single Edition Giclée Print on Archival Matt Paper
    80 x 60 cm
    31 1/2 x 23 5/8 in
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Biography

Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1987. Hashan Cooray pursued a career as a visual artist via unconventional means of both self-learning, courses in fine art and his experience as an Art Director in the advertising industry. His works are predominantly portraiture that depict a deeper, more profound insight into his subjects. Adverse to the 'pretty picture', Cooray's works are  dark, intense and honest representations of the real world.

 

In 2008, Hashan Cooray completed a course in fine art practice at Art Way Institute Nugegoda.He began participating in the Nawakalakaruwo exhibitions organised by the Gorge Keyt Foundation in 2014 and continued to participate in the exhibition in 2015, 2017 and 2018. In 2016, he was invited by the Bennetton Collection to create a work to be featured in 'Re-Imagining Ceylon' for the Imago Mundi book project.

 

In 2017, Cooray presented his first solo exhibition at Art Space Sri Lanka (a sister platform established by SFG for emerging artists between the years 2016-2019)  titled 'Lab Rats'. The exhibition included a series of small colourful pastel on paper works, the depictions veering towards what would be an evolved, mature, strengthened understanding of his subjects in his second solo show 'Parahumans' held in 2019, the first of his exhibitions as a represented artist of Saskia Fernando Gallery. Inspired by his avid reading and study of Sri Lankan intelligentsia, Hashan Cooray reflects on the interaction between economic systems and their effect on people. 

 

In 2018 he participated in Embodying Power, an exhibition curated by Sandev Handy at the Sapumal Foundation as well as Island Mentality, a group show at SFG Colombo. In 2019, he  participated in Nawa Kalukaruwo at the JDA Perera Gallery and curated the exhibition titled 'Leo Art' for Leo Burnett Advertising Agency at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery and in 2020 he presented his second solo exhibition at SFG titled Desire. He currently works as Art Director at Phoenix Ogilvy Advertising  alongside his work as a visual artist. His works belong to private collections in Sri Lanka, Spain, USA, New Zealand and India.  

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