Candy’ Cousins

Candy’ Cousins
25 Oct 2003 – 14 Nov 2003
Paradise Road Galleries

Sanjeewa Kumara’s work is directed towards a new dimension and is indirectly connected to defining the present. However, his paintings do not exclusively portray exotic, decorative or metaphysical narratives. He finds his motifs from colonialism and post-colonialism, the period between 1555-1977 which contrasts the ‘Western’ visual aesthetic with South Indian traditional art, spiritual art and craft. Colonial Expansion is the story of the meeting between European and Asian peoples. The mercantile and industrial capitalism of Portuguese, Spanish, British, Dutch, Belgian, etc reflects the South Indian. Ocean trade developments. Over 450 years of colonization and 30 years of independence communicate this trans-cultural conversation. Most significantly, colonialism and, post-colonialism raises questions about how notions of ‘self’ and ‘identity’ have undergone deep and permanent changes because of the complex impact- of imperial cultures on native civilizations His works establish a forum to discuss these crucial issues.

– Sujeewa Kumari, 2003