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.
A LOVE STORY by YUWANTHA YASAS
06.06.19 – 27.06.19
Paradise Road Galleries, The Gallery Café, 2 Alfred House Road, Colombo 3
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