5 Minutes with Kumi Muttu

Kumi Muttu, an artist who was born in Sri Lanka and resides in the United Kingdom, creates pieces that are prompted by pleasing color combinations. While Muttu does not adhere to a specific style, she continuously experiments and produces series with particular themes. Today, she has a conversation with Singulart about her artistic career.

When did you know you wanted to be an artist?

It happened by accident when I realized I could actually paint! I was never good at art at school, nor was I nurtured to become an artist because someone recognized talent. It’s been a long while since I realized I had natural talent to paint. And I never stopped since.

Can you talk about your artistic influences and other artists you are most inspired by?

I love modern art. I admire online artist such as Abi Whitlock and few other realistic water painters. This is because, I too, love painting water and its movements. I find it fascinating.

Catch II, 2020 by Kumi Muttu

Do you prefer to work alone or collaborate with others?

I definitely like to work alone. I have done open live painting in front of an audience but that’s never the real me. Usually I’d paint on the floor in my studio after the children have gone to bed.

Can you tell us about a project you’re currently working on

I am putting together water themed paintings. I love painting portraits, still life, and animals. So I am trying to put these subjects in a water theme to marry the topics that I love!

Dog Swimming I, 2020 by Kumi Muttu

What do you think you would you be doing if you weren’t an artist?

I would probably work at my desk job as a graphic designer.

Have you found any other artists on Singulart whose work you admire?

There are so many on Singulart it’s amazing that I’m also part of this wonderful team of talented people. I already know and admire Eva Volf, and Abi Whitlock as mentioned earlier.

What advice could you give to young artists starting out?

Just keep painting. The more you paint the better artist you’ll become. For me, my art has improved immensely through the years. And I love what I can do now in comparison to what I could when I first started! Just keep painting!

For more artworks of Kumi, visit her Singulart page here.