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Thamara Perera

Artist member since 2021
Toronto, Ontario

Thamara Perera is an emerging mixed media illustrator and artist based in Toronto, Canada. She is a recent graduate from OCAD University and holds a Bachelor of Design in Illustration. Her work explores themes of human identity, duality, growth, and femininity, especially relating to her South Asian heritage, and hopes to convey the many complexities of the human experience. Skilled in traditional and digital mediums, her current practice involves a hybrid approach, fusing analogue mark-making and collage techniques with digital manipulation. She finds inspiration for her practice in nature, mythology, history, music, and film. When she isn't sketching, Thamara enjoys listening to podcasts, hiking, jamming to Black Sabbath’s greatest hits, collecting found objects, and cuddling with her cat, Nyra.


Q+A

Beverage of choice

milk tea or whiskey and coke... depending on the time of day ;)

In a previous life I was (a) ...

stray cat

What do you listen to when you work?

I love listening to podcasts, especially about psychology, science, art, or philosophy.

What artists do you admire right now?

Lately I've been inspired by the work of Nadia Waheed, Rae Klein and the Hildebrandt Brothers.

When did you start making art, and why?

When I was a young child. I loved drawing what I saw around me and illustrating short stories I wrote.

Why is art important to you?

Art is an ancient instinctual practice of making sense of our world, connecting with people, and transcending the physical. It reminds us of what is possible.

Upcoming Exhibitions
2021-07-12

VASA Virtual Arts Festival
Colours of South Asia - Horizons of Hope

Select Past Exhibitions
2021

Fort York National Historic Site
OCADU Graphic Design and Illustration Programs' 2021 Graduates Exhibition

2021

Virtual exhibition
GradEx 106

2021

Virtual exhibition on gather.town
Major Works

Accolades
2021

OCAD University
401 Richmond Illustration Studio Career Launcher Award

Education
2021

OCAD University
Bachelor of Design in Illustration

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