Sri Lankan artist DJ Perera’s 39 Hours and 26 Hours are part of an ongoing 19- part pointillism series that corresponds with the COVID-19 pandemic. The series began out of a necessity to create works that contrasted with the global angst and anxiety that arose as a result of the pandemic. The meticulousness invested in the artist’s thematic series correlates with Perera’s Sri Lankan heritage. Perera’s poignant series centres around Sri Lankan wildlife with the singular purpose of highlighting the natural tactile beauty associated with each animal. The time association aims to highlight the patience and calmness that each work evokes. DJ Perera earned his MFA degree with summa cum laude honours from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and graduated with his BFA with cum laude honours from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Perera’s works have been privately collected over the years including two Ambassadors-one a United Nations diplomat.
In June 2020 Perera was selected as one of six grand-finalist winners in the Bass family sponsored relief initiative, The New Normal: An Artist’s Response to COVID-19. In November 2020 Perera’s 117 Hours was included in the Mary Couts Burnett Library’s permanent art collection making him the first Sri Lankan artist to be included in TCU’s private art collection.