brush with bliss
A series of
paintings, continued from an earlier period in his life. Some 25
works, some so subtle, they seem almost illusory, others more defined.
All touched by a tangible aura of serenity. Anup Vega, the artist
is at Paradise Road where an exhibition of his paintings is now
built man, heavily bearded, dressed in a cotton kurta, he joins
his hands in traditional greeting as we walk in, in the midst of
a torrential downpour.
Apart' is aptly being held during the Vesak season and no explanation
is needed as to why this is so, a look at his works will suffice.
Vega is not one of those artists given to discoursing at length
as to what inspires him. "Nothing really heavy here,"
he says, preferring to just add that his was a mood of bliss when
he did most of these works.
artist, Vega is essentially one in touch with his inner self, content
to 'let the current take him' on his journey through life.
Vega has been
living in Gunepana, a tranquil village off Kandy these past few
years. Kandy, he believes is 'a special place' where he can live
as an artist, something not quite possible in his book in Colombo.
He says he
is more relaxed, more peaceful, in the company of good friends,
some like the artist Rajhu, who have helped him bring his art more
into the public eye.
One is inclined
to think that even for one so uncluttered by the pressures and tedium
of city life, as Anup Vega is, retreating won't be quite so easy,
as his very special talent becomes more evident.
exhibition at Paradise Road Galleries continues till May 31
An exhibition of Rasika's paintings and brush drawings
are on at Gallery Mountcastle, Arunachalam Avenue, off Horton Place,
Colombo 7 till May 12.
and I first met, she was drawing tiny little things that would freak
me out. One, because they were so perfectly beautiful to me, the
other because they were so ephemeral. She would doodle them on a
serviette, back of a ticket, scrap of paper..... anything, and then
toss it away! And I'd be desperately trying to salvage them for
Over the past couple of years, these works have grown in size. Using
brush and acrylic, on canvas and handmade paper, and with the introduction
of colour, Rasika effortlessly wields bold lines with a calligraphy
that embodies both strength and gentleness. This is the most interesting
part to me; how much feminine feel comes across in these paintings.
The imagery springs spontaneously from the Indian idiom: Shiva/Shakti,
lovers, the ascetic, the erotic... They are all part of Rasika's
internal sense and appear on their own. In the process of their
making, or emerging, they take on the dimension of devotion. In
that sense, Rasika's paintings are part of the continuation of 'bhakti'
paintings. And that is the most prominent emotion one can gather
from them; Devotion to Love, for the Love of Devotion.
colours of male energy
The theme for Druvinka's forthcoming exhibition at the
Barefoot Gallery (from May 12 to June 1) 'The force of Shiva,' symbolized
by the Siva lingam that is worshipped by the Hindus. Hence, the
'lingam,' abstractions of the male energy of Shiva, dominates her
present series of paintings.
by religion, Druvinka explains her choice of subject. "At the
time I was carrying my baby, when the moods and changes in life
occurred, I was influenced by this."
Done in subdued
earthy colours either on large canvas or miniature size, the semi-abstract
forms of the lingam are the focus of the entire collection of paintings
on display. The painter / printmaker uses a mixed media - mainly
Nepalese bamboo paper on canvas.
This is an
old miniature technique; wo-rked with transparent colours, layer
The artist carries out the whole process on her own - stretching
of canvas, pasting and finally painting. She places the material
flat on the floor and works around it to get the desired effect.
"It is a life circle!" she says of her art, as it can
be viewed from different angles.
In the midst
of contemporary preoccupation with the novelty and the new in arts,
Druvinka has over the years developed this unique style that was
also depicted in her previous work on the refu
and the karmic life forces series. It was at the Kala Bhavan at
Santiniketan, a Tagore University (in West Bengal, India) that Druvinka
gathered these techniques while studying for the Bachelor of Fine
Arts (Hons.) in Painting and Post Diploma Painting.
She had ample
opportunities here to experiment in all mediums - sculpture, design,
graphic printmaking and painting that she eventually specialized