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‘Love - a form of abstraction’

Existence of Love

20 September, 2020

Sanjaya Senavirathna who was born in 1977, graduated from the University of Visual and Performing Arts in 2008. Senavirathna believes that art is based on love and this thought is what made him want to become an artist in the first place.

He used this as a regular intimate theme in his previous solo exhibitions at Paradise Road Gallery since 2007. In his works, he presents love as a form of abstraction as it is not reality-based but emotionally-based. It is expressive, gestural and colourful. As an artist, he is driven to express what he sees and feels.

“My love for a work of art is an intimate affair, which is why I long to own my own work so I can live with it - touch it, move it around, and have it as my own. When the work is abstract, there are endless reasons for my attraction. Abstract art is an abstraction. It does not represent anything, he said.

“It is non-objective. Instead of depicting what I recognise in the world of objects, people and nature, abstract art is concerned with colour, line, form, and texture. It is not reality-based but emotionally-based. It is expressive and gestural. As an artist, I am driven to express what I see and feel,” said Senavirathna.

Sanjaya Senavirathna has presented seven solo exhibitions at Paradise Road Galleries since 2007, the last titled ‘The Nature of Love’ in 2018. Senavirathna has also taken part in group exhibitions locally including the Kala Pola and Nawa Kalakaruwo presentations organized by the George Keyt Foundation. He has also participated in international group exhibitions in India, United Kingdom and USA. In 2006, he was awarded Young Artist of the Year by the George Keyt Foundation.

Senavirathna’s exhibition ‘Existence of Love’ is now on at the Paradise Road Gallery and ends on October 17.