They renovated this old building and turned it into a bed and breakfast just off of Galle road in downtown Colombo. These guys have a real appreciation for art and style; they also designed the interior space themselves. I had already worked on the logo; when they asked me to paint a mural on the outside wall leading up to the entrance of their guesthouse; I could not refuse.
This had to be something that could be noticed from the street and draw people into the alley way and into the courtyard.
Tourist normally don't spend too much time in Colombo city. These travellers are in transit when they come to the city. The mural illustrate's the feeling of being comfortably taken from one place to another.
That is when I came up with the idea of painting a person floating along the wall, slowly shedding his work clothes. The two ends of the mural are different. The side closest to the street entrance, has basic black and white colours and formal clothing. Opposite, the side closest to the guesthouse entrance, has unnatural colours and bohemian clothing.
This is one of the biggest and challenging pieces I've done.
this photo via Ravi