An exhibition of paintings by renowned contemporary artist Susil Senanayake will open at Paradise Road Galleries on Thursday, July 21. Born in 1979, Susil Senanayake holds BFA (Hons), with a Specialization in Painting from the University of Visual and Performing Arts, Colombo. His childhood was spent in his village near Kegalle, where the natural scenic beauty of the land played a crucial role in his development. Susil explains how the vision, visual shapes, and colours are most influential in his work and what he hopes for the future of Sri Lankan Art.

“Georgio Morandi (1890-1964) said that nothing was more abstract than reality. Similarly my objective is to show the abstraction that nature conceals,” says Susil. Extracting the essence in reality is the aim of his abstract work. “I see my own shapes and compositions there…”

According to Susil, availability of the Internet has played a vital role in the visual impact of contemporary artists. Millions of different styles and concepts overflow the artist’s world daily. Equally, the availability of new materials, which are the products of modern technology have also contributed to changes in Sri Lankan art.

“My resources are both natural and manmade landscapes. Most of them are townscapes. So, my contribution is the revelation of the abstract aesthetic values, which are available within one’s surroundings.” Susil elaborates on his technique, “The techniques of using mix media, acrylic and paper to achieve texture and three-dimensional effects also seems to be a contribution of mine to Sri Lankan art. I hope for more young artists in Sri Lanka to emerge through their talent and hard work. I think women artists’ contribution to Sri Lankan art is also important.

Galleries, collectors, architects and even the general public seem to be enthusiastic about art now, but there is always room for improvement, says Susil. He also emphasized that the government also should work towards improving art and they need to pay enough attention on funding Sri Lankan Art. “What we lack here are art critics. However, I am happy to say that there is positive progress in Sri Lankan Art.”

The exhibition will be open until August 17 at Paradise Road Galleries, 2 Alfred House Road, Colombo 03, open daily from 10.00 am to midnight.