Dillai Joseph

Painter, Creative Director and Co -Founder of THE NEXT BIG THINK, a boutique creative agency.

I constantly explore the human spirit and what is around me.  Almost everywhere I look, I get inspiration. I don’t necessarily believe in sticking to one theme, or that every piece has to be interlinked. The world is so chaotic and constantly changing, inspiration can pop up from anywhere.

My style is a mix of classical and contemporary painting. I use  many types of mediums such as watercolour, acrylic/oils and soft pastels. Still love the old masters and am constantly trying to figure out their tricks. I would say I am a slow, detailed painter.

Climate change has been an area I have been exploring in the recent past. The human relationship with the environment specifically interests me. Painting has always been my first love even though I chose advertising as a career path. Being a Sri Lankan artist has given so much subject matter for most of my pieces.  Whether it is dirt on the road, to the most interesting faces on the pavement or the most breath-taking trees, seascapes, shrubs,  I can go on…

My academics are from Communication Design and Marketing, and being in Advertising for the longest period (some award winning work), has widened the way I look at art and also made me understand the true value of proper artistry vs. the commercial art, and what not to be as an artist. I studied under Nadine David (Who studied under David Paynter) and Royden Gibbs, and have valuable knowledge that was passed down

Solo Exhibitions

2018 – Soulscapes  – Lionel Wendt Art Gallery

2015 – People, Puddles, Paradise – Lionel Wendt Art Gallery

Group Exhibitions

2023 – Corridors of Time at the Lionel Wendt

2022 – Cultural Diversity International Exhibition at New Delhi, Treasure art Gallery

2022 – Brilliant Resilient (Upside Singapore) NFT exhibition

2021 – Odyssey at Colombo Art Gallery

2020 – Artra Canvas online

2019 – Senior Artist Exhibition by George Keyte Foundation

2019 – Festival for our planet

2019 – Galle Literary Festival Art Trail

2018 – Senior Artist Exhibition by George Keyte Foundation

2018 – P1F Art studio ​– Feminism and Sri Lankan woman’s identity

2018 – Galle Literary Festival Art Trail

2017 –Art space online at Saskia Fernando Gallery

2017 –Colomboscope

2002 –Nadine David – Harold Peiris Gallery



Communication Design Curtin University, Perth Australia
Chartered Institute of Marketing UK
Nadine David Fine art (Private tutoring)
Royden Gibbs  (Private tutoring)

Executive Masters of Business administration (PIM-SJP)

Work Experience
2002-2003 – Grey Worldwide – Art Director

2003-2008 – Minds FCB (Foote Cone and Belding) – Creative Director
2008-2013 – Words advertising – Creative Director
2014  to date – The Next Big Think – Co founder/Creative Director