Saturday, 2 November 2013 00:00
Talented artist, Gayan Prageeth is back after a three year long silence, presenting an untitled exhibition at The Gallery Café which will remain open till 21 November.
Gayan Prageeth held his first solo show at Paradise Road Galleries in 2010. The exhibition titled ‘Paradox’ presented Prageeth’s work on paper. His surrealistic depictions of landscapes and angels remained two reoccurring themes in his work in the years to follow. The artist thereafter participated in numerous group exhibitions locally as well as in the Maldives and Bangladesh.
One of artist Jagath Ravindra’s brightest students, Prageeth refused to present another solo exhibition until he was truly ready. In this show that remains untitled, the artist has proven that the wait was worth it. A series of portraits, surreal landscapes and abstract compositions make up this exhibition of paintings and drawings. The work is representative of the intense and somewhat introvert nature of the artist himself.
Bravely, Prageeth has ventured into themes of sexuality, desire and politics; themes that are almost entirely new to the artists work. Influences of others such as R.M. Naeem and Dumith Kulasekara are present in this collection. However, the works contain the strong autobiographical and emotional expression that has been Prageeth’s strength from the very beginning.
He is a young emerging artist with a skill in brushwork that is becoming rare amongst young artists who are overly obsessed with following international trends.
The Gayan Prageeth Exhibition will remain open until 21 November 2013. Paradise Road Galleries is located at The Gallery Café, 2 Alfred House Road, Colombo 3. Open daily, 10 a.m. to midnight. For further information email [email protected]