Canvas of a soaring spirit in flight

By Isuri Kaviratne, Pix by Saman Kariyawasam

Space does not have boundaries or limitations. Only a bird, in reality or metaphorically can soar high and across expanses in a flight of enjoyment and wonder. Ruwan Prasanna tries to capture the vastness of space through his brushstrokes.

Ruwan Prasanna

In his first solo painting exhibition on at the Paradise Road Galleries till March 14, Ruwan says he is exploring the theme “space” which he has portrayed using an unnamed bird that soars higher and higher.

“It is difficult to capture ‘space’ in a painting. That’s why I used an unknown bird,” he says. “I used to draw human figures and used dark colours in my paintings earlier. I have now shifted to an abstract style with soft colours to show depth.”

“The advantage of abstract painting is that you keep drawing till you feel that the drawing is complete. It’s all about looking for new endings which would broaden my experience and capacity as a painter,” he said.

Working for an advertising agency, free time is limited and he says he has to put in maximum effort to keep painting. But public feedback has been positive and he feels that people understand his message in his paintings. “Some people buy them for the good colour combinations but genuine art lovers read the painting before buying it and there are many such people,” he says.

Whether it is the demands of contemporary city life, unchecked and unwarranted competition or the challenges of our daily existence, the bird within each of us has been forced to walk on the ground instead of soaring in free space, he says.

The paintings are thus an attempt of an artist to bring out his soaring spirit on the surface of a humble canvas.

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