‘In Living Colour’ at Paradise Road Galleries | Daily News


 

‘In Living Colour’ at Paradise Road Galleries

 
Vasa Varna/ In Living Colour, an exhibition of new works by Priyantha Weerasooriya is now being held at Paradise Road Galleries and will be on view until January 9 at Paradise Road Galleries, located within the premises of Paradise Road `The Gallery Café’. The exhibition presents a new series of mixed media on rice paper works by the artist, a continuation of his portrayal of Prince Siddhartha before enlightenment.   
Priyantha Weerasooriya acquired a Diploma in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins London in 2007. Weerasooriya who works predominantly with mixed media on rice paper, portrays Siddhartha Gautama before attaining enlightenment in an effort to highlight the essence of Siddhartha Gautama’s being at this particular stage in his life. After completing his studies and presenting several exhibitions in London, the artist most recently exhibited the prequel to these works in a group show at the Noble Sage Gallery London in 2017.
 
The evolution of his portraiture is clear; the detail of his subject’s adornments and the visuals of wildlife surrounding him omit a sense of peace and calm. Siddartha Gautama’s face is not portrayed, perhaps as a sign of respect; craftspeople in Sri Lanka are traditionally known to cover the face of Buddha when working on him as a subject. The artist also states that his choice of deep indigo is symbolic of the calm and peace that lay within his being, a hint of what was to come. Undoubtedly the image takes different representative narratives that relate to the life story of Buddha and back to human nature, forcing the viewer to introspect; the flat dark surface in the place of a depicted face creates a mirror effect.  

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