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Nuwan Nalaka is an emerging artist in Sri Lanka who is better known for his watercolour on paperworks that the artist presented in solo exhibitions in Colombo, Galle and Kandy, prior to his departure to India. Nalaka has also participated in numerous shows in India since 2003. This series of work is the artists first show after completing his Masters in Fine Art at the Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata, India. The series, described by the artist above, presents the evolution of the artist over the last few years. While the artist has always been renowned for his skill as an artist, the conceptual nature of his work and the combination of both Sri Lankan and Indian culture is portrayed strongly therein.
This body of work, in his third exhibition at Paradise Road Galleries, reflects the artist’s spiritual investigation in to the circle of life and the infinite possibility of needs and wants that rather than creating happiness led him to frustration and anxiousness. In this series of works, Geekiyanage looks inwards to break free from his rollercoaster thereby finding inner happiness and peace.
The architecture and history of Galle Fort and Colombo Fort has inspired these works being exhibited wherein the complex composition of architecture is reduced to simplified volumes. The artist aims to represent the living and creative heart of the town with its main squares, towers and gateways as symbols of the human, cultural and civilizational synergy.
Man absorbs the factors and senses of his environment in which he lives and breathes while the environment does the same in return. Consequently, both man and his environment are subjected to absolute criticisms.
Yet, I mused upon feelings, beauty, and the pulse of this eternal relationship.
THE CHALLENGE NEVER ENDS AND MAN CONTINUES TO CREATE.
MAN MAKES MAN.
I, YOU, ALL OF US
Reality is the symbolic sequence of an ethnological society that is libidinal, thus it is an edited work of fiction. In such a world where fiction is considered as real, I find myself divided between the psyche and the objective world. As I tried to think of a wholesome human existence, I realized that I had lost the essence of my psyche. Each work of art that I have presented is just a mere crack of myself formed upon societal fractures.
Though change happens in time,
Beauty can never be defined.
Through chaos and clutter,
I see life.
A life by these homes,
A life by these streets.
And so I found,
That slums may turn to cityscapes,
But ideal beauty is found in everything.
Having known Rubert Soysa since he was an undergraduate at the University of Fine Arts, he is not just a contemporary artist who had excelled in his field but also one who has a thirst for developing new techniques and creative styles.
The passion and the commitment demonstrated with the belief of ‘Art for Art’s sake’ is highly commendable and also could be considered a role model for the youngsters.
Dr. W. A. Ariyasena
Human actions have a direct influence in determining the progress of society.
Due to uncertainties in present society, it is impossible to give definitions for materials. It has a direct influence on personal satisfaction.
Dr. W. A. Ariyasena