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Chan Dissanayake is one of Australia’s leading watercolour artist’s living in Canberra ACT. His mastery in watercolour is manifested by the vast varying subject matter that he tackles from rural landscapes, urban city scapes to coastal seascapes. In 2017, Chan received the ultimate accolade for an Australian Watercolourist when he was elected to the elite Australian Watercolour Institute. Known for his innovative approach to teaching and generosity in sharing his knowledge, Chan has gained considerable reputation as an outstanding tutor. He conducts workshops throughout the country and leads international painting tours for Travelrite International. Currently, he teaches watercolour at the ANU (Australian National University). He has contributed many articles to leading art publications including International Artist, Australian Artist and Artists Palette. His quick and direct approach to watercolour has earned him much success and respects both nationally and internationally.

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Education

- Working Professionally as a watercolour Artist/Tutor for the last 15 years
- Watercolour tutor, School of Arts at Australian National University (ANU)
- Regular contributor to leading Art Publications
- Leads International Painting tours with Travelrite International
- Bachelor Degree in Computer Science, Macquarie University, North Ryde

Exhibitions

Awards
2013 Sep – Best of Show (Section: All Sections)
Artists Society of Canberra – Annual Spring Art Exhibition 2013
2013 Sep – People’s Choice Award (Section: All Sections)
Artists Society of Canberra – Annual Spring Art Exhibition 2013
2013 Feb – Champion Exhibit (Section: All Sections)
Royal Canberra Art Show 2013, Exhibition Park, Canberra
2013 Feb – Agricultural Heritage Prize (Theme: Canberra)
Royal Canberra Art Show 2013, Exhibition Park, Canberra
2013 Feb – First Prize (Section: Portrait and Figure)
Royal Canberra Art Show 2013, Exhibition Park, Canberra
2013 Sep – First Prize (Section: Watercolour)
Goulburn District Art Society Annual Exhibition 2012
2011 Sep – First Prize (Section: Watercolour)
Artists Society of Canberra – Annual Spring Art Exhibition 2011
2010 Feb – First Prize (Section: Portrait & Figure)
Royal Canberra Art Show 2010, Exhibition Park, Canberra
2009 Oct – First Prize (Section: Portrait & Figure)
Artists Society of Canberra – Annual Spring Art Exhibition 2009
2009 Oct – First Prize (Section: Sports & Recreation)
Artists Society of Canberra – Annual Spring Art Exhibition 2009
2009 May – Highly commended
Camden Art Prize 2009
2008 Oct – Third Prize – Portrait& Figure
Artists Society of Canberra – Annual Spring Art Exhibition 2008
2008 Oct – Highly Commended – Transparent Watercolour
Goulburn District Art Society Annual Exhibition 2008
2008 Sep – Highly Commended – Watercolour
Queanbeyan City Council Art Exhibition 2008
2008 Apr – Tom Parson’s Memorial Award
CAW 60th Anniversary Art Exhibition
2008 Feb – Second Prize Figurative section
Royal Canberra Art Show 2008
2008 Feb – Second Prize Landscape or cityscape section
Royal Canberra Art Show 2008
2007 Sep – Second Prize Transparent watercolour
Artists Society of Canberra Spring Exhibition 2007

Exhibitions
2017 July – “Figurative Visions” Group Exhibition
M16 Artspace, Griffith
2016 November – “The Language of Light” Solo Exhibition
Bungendore woodworks Gallery, Bungendore
2014 August – “Mistique” Solo Exhibition
Bungendore woodworks Gallery, Bungendore
2013 Nov – “Calm Reflections” Solo Exhibition
Bungendore woodworks Gallery, Bungendore
2012 May – Directors Choice (Group Exhibition)
Bungendore woodworks Gallery, Bungendore
2011 Nov – A Breath of Fresh ART Asthma Foundation ACT
Humble House Gallery, Fyshwick
2010 Oct – “Cool Waters” Solo Exhibition
Bungendore woodworks Gallery , Bungendore
2010 Jan – Life Studies & Portraits in Watercolour
Belconnen community Centre Gallery, Swanson Ct, Belconnen
2009 Apr – “SCAPES” Group Exhibition
The Artists Shed Gallery, 14 Foster Street, Queanbeyan
2009 Aug – “Coastlines” Approaches to the Australian Coast
Bungendore woodworks Gallery, Bungendore

Related Experience
- Painting Tour Leader – “Historic Towns of Southern Australia” 2016
- Judged – Canberra Art Workshop Annual exhibition 2016
- Judged – John Copes Watercolour prize 2015
- Co-judge Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society Annual Exhibition 2014

Press

Regular Contributor to the Australian Artist Magazine

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