‘There is no immorality in his work because nudes can be complicated and suggestive and interpreted to mislead the viewer. They are clean and direct, beautiful as creation itself and slightly influenced by Courbet. He is such a remarkable painter, unaware what is in store for him, that he can clash with leading painters of nudes around the world. Such is the scale of his painting. The figures are on the threshold of life, like a bud waiting to unfurl into a rose. He is not an artist of theory but of harmony and beauty.’
Professional figurative artist Rubert Soysa deeply concentrates on everyday’s mundane or supramundane journey of life and utilizes a brush to convey his observations on canvas from a moderate philosopher’s point of view.
EX. SECRETARY ARTS COUNCIL SRI LANKA
When I paint I am fully involved with what I am doing but I am relaxed and do not feel the
time pass. Painting takes me to another world, somewhere where I have never been before.
I use brushes like most artists but I also apply paint with any tool I can lay my hands on.
Scrapers, palette knives, I even drop paint from the tube straight onto the canvas. I just let the
paint flow and amazing images come up I feel that there is a creative energy out there and
I am tapping into it, it is therapeutic and meditative.
This is the reason I call these Paintings “Meditations”.
A thought gives birth to action. Likewise, a plant is brought up by the sap of the soil. A thought in the human mind is nourished by its continuous involvement in versatile tasks in the uphill struggles in the social context. Colours and Shapes are only a part of them.
The intense and complex experiences and challenges manage to enrich the inner life of man, irrespective of the fact whether he lives within a society or in solitude. An artist entwines this spiritual sensitivity with his soul to enhance the creative process. I have attempted to recreate my soul by using different strokes, to capture the speeding colours and shapes of my surroundings and blending them with the spiritual reality of the cosmos. These creations are the reflections of my Speeding soul.
An artist may be defined as a person who re-writes history. Whoever he is, a painter or sculptor, his work is based on his period of time. An artist observes details that are not often seen by others. He takes note of careless incidents that are ignored by others around him. To an artist these are challenges that cannot be left aside. In this aspect his work sometimes takes on a political stance. I certainly have no necessity to plunge into politics through my art. I wish to make an attempt to correct hidden causes that ail the social fabric of Sri Lanka.
In this exhibition the theme for my work has been the narrow minded thinking of our society. Most people who apparently create a beautiful open world, are within themselves imprisoned in a traditional world. Though there are many windows that could be opened, we do not make use of that opportunity to broaden our horizons. Any attempt made by me through this exhibition is to release the pain I endure in being manipulated in my environment.
As an artist, I always attempt to depict the spiritual side of modern human beings. I express my personal understanding of modern man by using amazing colours and forms on canvas. I also want to depict my own emotions and expressions. I love the colours I use in my paintings to inspire my soul and also my desire is to bring poetic beauty into what I create.
I do not try to convey the meaning of my paintings to the viewer but I would rather let them see what they want to see in my paintings and I’m happy about this as it shows the difference between mass communication and artistic expression.
What is special about painting pictures is that I can lie with it endlessly. There are no boundaries. Other mediums such as photography and cinema, still carry with them traces of authentic reality. Painting does not start from reality, and that makes it unique.
In this recent series of paintings, I try to synchronize them into my own, unique visual language. I try to re-imagine, re-invent ‘new forms / new identity / new landscape. It becomes a self-styled project, In this project I bring the viewer to a surreal reservoir of images of Sri Lankan history, the furniture of a bygone colonial world, Egyptian art, rococo art, Indian legends, Greek philosophy, planets and space, Sea animals, Dinosaurs, and secret languages spoken by the painters only.
Love is a phenomenon that is capable of giving you anything you wish. Like the power of gravity that keeps us in place on earth, love is a binding force. It has made us who we are, and whatever we own.
As a person born and brought up in a culture nurtured by Buddhism, I believe that the concepts of good and bad fostered by the Dhamma reigns my subconscious mind. Which in turn guides me to hold on to what I conceptualize as good or spiritual. I release them on canvas.
In the existing socio cultural ethics “love” is often harnessed for material gains. Man in this scenario, a being only to himself is driven by selfishness, which he has embraced as love. I have been trying to show how to turn materialism into love. That’s why I believe this is “Love Laundering”
The exhibition tells about otherness and contrasts.
In this series the drawings refer to the other self, the double, and the alter ego. It is about the shadow of the body, sometimes multiple, which one day envelopes us and reassures us, whereas the day after questions deeply about our identities.
It is also about others, the non-self, sometimes so difficult to understand, yet so similar, so precious. My work questions the difficulty as well as the need to interact with others. It draws encounters, tenderness, struggles, individuals banding together into madness, but also into protective and benevolent gatherings.
People become dissatisfied with their circumstances and are forced to limit their wants. Through these frustrations they experience different ‘moods’. Contemporary art today is a reflection of today’s society and their ‘moods’ are depicted in what they produce. I am creating my works using a political approach.
As an artist of today, I hope to educate myself further to be an artist in every sense.
In this journey I am searching for a better space in life.
I like a clean, uncomplicated space free of problems. Through my journey in life, and symbolically on canvas, I’ve realized that there are many wonderful, beautiful and dear spaces. The satisfaction that I gain from my actions in life on canvas, is something beyond just working with brushes and paint. The jumbled colors are clean in my life on canvas. Ultimately, all the rough and smooth, the bitter and sweet, in my journey, converge to contentment and satisfaction. This is a difficult journey, but reflection of it through abstraction has made it a pleasure.