Existence of Love | Sunday Observer
“Abstract art does not represent anything”

Existence of Love

11 October, 2020

At Paradise Gallery ends on October 17

‘So love remains powerful, subjectively
powerful: one of those rare experiences where,
on the basis of chance inscribed in a moment,
you attempt a declaration of eternity’ - Alain Badiou

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.

It is non-objective. Instead of depicting what I recognize 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.

Born in 1977, Sanjaya Senavirathna is a Graduate of the University of Visual and Performing Arts since 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 uses this as 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.

Senavirathna has presented seven solo exhibitions at Paradise Road Galleries since 2007, the most recent 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 the Young Artist of the Year award by the George Keyt Foundation.