The beginning of the collaboration between Paradise Road Galleries and Saskia Fernando Gallery, presenting platforms for work by leading and emerging local artists as well as international artists. During the course of the exhibition a platform by which past, present and upcoming exhibitions can be viewed, will be launched online. The two galleries will continue to present new projects merging the work of both establishments via exhibitions and publications.
Much like the emperors of the Mughal empire, artist Yuwantha Yasas depicts the works in A Love Story from his diaries. Inspired by Pahari miniature painting, the detail and motifs in his work are resemblant of lavishly decorated texts and borders common in this traditional practice. A Masters graduate from the Banaras Hindu University, Yasas has exhibited his work in both Sri Lanka and India extensively.
In his recent series he has chosen to work on large acrylic and oil canvases featuring figurative, self-narrative compositions incorporating both Sri Lankan and Indian symbolism; they represent two worlds intertwining. Inspired by the Sringara, one of the most important influences of traditional Indian art forms, these paintings invoke the energy of love and romance in a similarly spiritual and reverent way. Including details of the ‘Sapu Mala’, the Kandyan cloud, elephants and fireflies, all are placed with a purpose – to represent a union irrespective of origin, interweaving culture by playing with representative expression, practice and form.
YUWANTHA YASAS SILVA
Ruwan Prasanna presents the sequel to Komorebi; abstract canvases of haptic brushstrokes rendering the contrast of skies at twilight. These paintings are a continuation of the artist’s studies of landscapes and flora. Using a process that focuses on technique the artist’s gestural style is informed by a deep understanding of light and colour.
In this series of work, Prageeth Manohansa infuses his studies of wildlife with movement and contrast. An artist known for his assemblage mixed media works, this exhibition delves into the synergies and forms of herds and flocks, referred to as ‘Ranchuwa’ in Sinhalese. He transforms scrap metal and brass sheets into works that mould the movement of flocks of birds and the solidity in unison of the herd. Using minimal manipulation these works flaunt the artists affinity to nature and wildlife and his ability to create from mundane static material and objects. Working with charcoal and acrylic he draws with fluidity and ease, a continuation of the style in the preliminary sketches used for his early sculptural and assemblage works. Using roughly folded packing paper these drawings also possess the patina of imperfection that has become an inherent part of the artists language.
Nourished by the folklore, Sandatharaka Abeysinghe’s works highlight the authenticity of rural culture; a culture degraded by the impacts of the commercial world. The natural environment he discussed in his narrative is threatened by modern urbanization. He presents the villager in miniature, searching for their presence within the spaces he creates. By using a few free colorful the the artist creates his boundless, natural space.